Draymond Green back in lineup for Golden State

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Draymond Green returned to the Golden State Warriors‘ starting lineup for Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves after sitting out the previous 11 with a right toe injury.

The Warriors went 6-5 without Green, but coach Steve Kerr expects his team to pick up the pace with the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year back in the lineup.

“I would think the game would get faster and we should be better defensively with Draymond out there,” Kerr said. “Hopefully we can get some stops and Draymond can push the ball in transition. That’s something we have done for many years, so it would be nice to see.”

A three-time All-Star, Green was on the court 35 minutes before tip-off wearing white headphones and a blue sweatshirt while working on his 3-point shot.

It was Green’s second game back since serving a one-game suspension handed down by Golden State for his dust-up with teammate Kevin Durant. The two got into a heated argument at the end of regulation in a 121-116 overtime road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 12.

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