Although the Golden State Warriors easily took care of business against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, the night did include one scare for Draymond Green’s team.
Late in the third quarter of Golden State’s 109-85 win in Los Angeles, Green and teammate Ian Clark collided on the defensive end. Clark went down holding his head, while Green immediately reached for his ankle, and both players were slow to get up:
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After getting to their feet and heading to the locker room, neither player returned to the court. There was some good news for the Warriors, though. X-rays on Green’s ankle came back negative after the game, and he told reporters that he plans to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night in Oakland:
Green is averaging 10.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.6 blocks per game for the Warriors this season. Any concerns about the Golden State’s defense are starting to fade, as the team boasts a top-ten defense over the first month of the season — not to mention the association’s best offense by a wide margin.
With Friday’s win over the Lakers, the Warriors (14-2) also claimed the best record in the NBA. The Los Angeles Clippers are 14-3, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are 12-2.