OAKLAND -– Draymond Green limped into the postgame news conference, braced himself as he took two steps up to the podium and grimaced as he squatted into his seat.
So, naturally, he made it known that he plans to play through the pain after spraining his left ankle in the second half of Game 5 as the Warriors posted a 125-121 win over Portland to win the Western Conference semifinals series.
“It's a bit sore, for sure,” said Green, who totaled 13 points, a game-high 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals.
The injury occurred with 1:59 left in the third quarter, when Green went up for a shot on which he was fouled by Portland guard Allen Crabbe. That Green tweaked his ankle was apparent when he hobbled to the foul line, where he made both free throws.
“I went up, he kind of hit me, I lost balance a little bit and came down on the side of it,” Green said. “But it's definitely something that's been reoccurring a bit. Same thing happened last year in the playoffs. I sprained it like the second round and got it almost every game after that.”
Green played another 68 seconds before going to the bench, where his ankle was examined by head trainer Drew Yoder and re-taped. Green returned with 6:54 left in the game and remained on the floor until the final horn.
Green and his teammates will not practice Thursday and won’t play a game until Monday the soonest, and that’s only if the Thunder close out the Spurs in Game 6 of their semifinal series Thursday night in Oklahoma City.
If San Antonio wins Game 6, pushing that series to seven games, the Warriors won’t return to the court until next Wednesday.
“These few days off will be good for me; what is it, four days off or six?” Green said. “Whatever it is, it will be good to rest up and do some strengthening up and get with our training staff and try to get it back right as much as possible.
“But it's one of those things where once you do it, it kind of lingers on. So it's just something that I've got to do what I can do for it right now. If it happens again, just deal with it.”
Green is not the only Warrior coping with an injury or soreness. Andrew Bogut left in the first half with a strained right adductor and Stephen Curry’s right knee remains sore.
“We definitely need a few days,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph has been back two games now, but he's not a hundred percent. So I think this will be good for him to at least get a couple days to get off the knee and then to do some treatment and we'll see how Bogut and Draymond do. Yeah, we could use a little rest.”