There was a worrisome moment in the third quarter of the Warriors eventual 125-116 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
Draymond Green stepped on stop of Jrue Holiday’s foot and rolled his right ankle, grimacing in pain before limping off the court and into the locker room.
Green returned in the final minute of the third and played most of the remainder of the game, into overtime.
Steve Kerr said after the game that he’s concerned about how Green’s ankle will feel on Sunday, after the adrenaline of the game wears off.
Green provided his own update, one that expressed a deal of certainty about his status when the Warriors host the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.
He admitted the ankle is sore and will be “pretty sore tomorrow.”
But he had no doubt that he’ll be available in two days time
“Ain’t nothing a few anti-inflammatories can’t handle,” Green said. “I 100 percent expect to play. We’re not in a position to be missing no games. You just got to tape it out and figure it out. But I’ll be alright.”
With the win, Golden State, at 35-33, sits a game clear of the 34-34 Minnesota Timberwolves and a half-game behind the 36-33 Los Angeles Clippers.
That’s not much breathing room, with the 13-seeded Portland Trail Blazers just 3.5 games back of the Warriors. Golden State has 14 games remaining, eight of which are on the road, where they have a 7-26 record this season.