MRI results for Warriors' Draymond Green (knee) come back negative

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They could have used the reigning Defensive Player of the Year down the stretch, but there was no need to push it this early in the season.

Green, though, is considered doubtful for Friday's contest with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The team said Green is traveling with the team on the road trip. It wasn't long before he was diagnosed with a strained left knee.

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An MRI exam of Warriors forward Draymond Green's left knee on Friday (AEDT) showed no structural damage, according to reports. In 76 games last season, he averaged 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.4 blocks. The Warriors are also monitoring the progress of forward Omri Casspi, who sprained his left ankle in the third quarter Tuesday while slipping on the floor. "When I say we're not in great shape, I can't come in here today and run them because they're exhausted from last night".

Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are Golden State's best players, but Green's defense is so important, especially in small-ball lineups with him at center. "So the physical conditioning will come as we play these games in the next week or two but what we can do is really lock in mentally".

The Warriors led by as many as 17 points, but couldn't hold off James Harden, Chris Paul and the Rockets as they lost 122-121 at Oracle Arena, spoiling the night they received their championship rings. "We scored pretty good", D'Antoni said with a laugh before returning to coach-speak.