Golden State has a back-to-back coming up this week: Wednesday night at the altitude in Denver, then Thursday night at home — where the Warriors have yet to lose this season — against the Los Angeles Lakers. Two easily winnable games for Golden State.
He’s been playing through discomfort in both lower extremities, producing on both ends and paying the price after games. Monday, he had 22 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in the 111-103 win over the Miami Heat. And even during the game, you could see him laboring for stretches. In blowout games, he spends the fourth quarter with his legs wrapped in enough ice to look like he’s wearing hockey pads.
The problem is, Green doesn’t want to rest. His mother has been on his case for a while. Much like point guard Stephen Curry, he has to be forced sit down. And according to a team source, that’s probably going to happen soon.
Then this from Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Green has been putting up monster numbers of late and has fans backing him as an All-Star starter as of the last vote count. Not that it matters much to the Warriors when it comes to resting guys.
There will be more of this from the Warriors as they move they move into the dog days of the season. Sure, 73 wins would be nice, but now is not the time to focus on that. What matters when trying to build an NBA legacy is rings, and you don’t need the studies that exist to know guys who are tired and physically worn down are more prone to injury. The Warriors goal is June, and that means resting guys in January.
Besides, the Warriors should be fine against the Nuggets and Lakers even without Green (although Denver has played Golden State tough this season).
Expect Green to sit out a little this week. He’s not going to be happy about it, but it appears it is going to happen.