LOS ANGELES -- Warriors forward Draymond Green, who sat out Saturday's win in Milwaukee, conceivably could be sidelined again Tuesday night when Golden State faces the Clippers at Staples Center.
Coach Steve Kerr and Green said Monday that they want to be cautious as Green copes with mild inflammation in his shins. Both indicated he would be in the lineup if the Warriors still were playing meaningful games.
Green is listed as questionable on the team's injury report.
"It's tough, because I don’t want to sit out," Green said after practice at USC's Galen Center. "But we could possibly have 37 or 38 more games. I've just got to see the big picture of what we're trying to accomplish."
The Warriors (60-13) last Saturday clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Having achieved such advantageous position, Kerr is placing all starters on a minutes limit (low 30s) over the remaining nine games.
Green even joked that if he were to sit out Tuesday night, it would be due to "Blake-itis," implying that a feigned illness would allow him to avoid matching up with explosive Clippers star Blake Griffin.
Truth told, though, it is Green's ability to contain Griffin – particularly in the playoffs last spring – that opened eyes and led to his promotion into the starting lineup.