Draymond Green’s absence in the late fourth quarter against the Rockets was noticeable as Houston came back on the Warriors to outscore Golden State 34-20 in the fourth quarter and earn an upset victory in the season opener.
Green left the game with a left knee strain after playing 27 minutes and was relegated to the bench to watch helplessly as the Rockets carved up the Green-less Golden State defense. Of all the stars on the Warriors, Green is the most irreplaceable because of how critical he is to that defense — he is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year for a reason.
So there was some concern about that left knee, enough so to send him in for a precautionary MRI on Thursday. As ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports, the Warriors and Green got good news from the results.