* Tonight on ESPN:Warriors vs. Pelicans (9:30 ET)
The Golden State Warriors are, surprisingly, still looking for their first win of the season. As they begin a three-game, Southwest Division road trip tonight in New Orleans, the team should be be fully healthy for the game.
Forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, it seems, are both available to play tonight. They both went through shootaround in New Orleans without any issues:
Draymond Green going through shootaround in New Orleans, WILL play vs Pelicans tonight pic.twitter.com/ASwFXQ0Ee7— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 20, 2017
Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala are good to go tonight vs. the Pelicans.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) October 20, 2017
The Warriors say Draymond Green (left knee strain) is available to play at New Orleans tonight.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) October 20, 2017
Draymond and Iguodala available to play tonight— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 20, 2017
Draymond Green initially feared it was a more serious knee issue: "Thought it was my meniscus." pic.twitter.com/SxuW66rJh3— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 20, 2017
"Draymond is in, Andre is in," coach Steve Kerr said after Friday's practice.
Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chroniclehas more on the status of Green and Iguodala tonight:
Warriors forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala will be available for Friday night’s game against the Pelicans, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said.
It is a best-case-scenario development for a Warriors team trying to move past Tuesday’s season-opening loss to the Rockets. Facing one of the league’s most formidable frontcourts in DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, Golden State can use two of its best, most versatile defenders.
With Green sidelined for the fourth quarter, the Warriors squandered a 13-point lead to drop just its second game in its past 13 meetings with Houston. The next day, when he got treatment from the team trainer, Green started to feel much better. An MRI later revealed that he had no structural damage.
“It was a big relief,” said Green, who went through practice Thursday night and shoot-around Friday morning with no issues.
Iguodala, previously listed as probable, is set to make his season debut after missing last Friday’s preseason finale and Tuesday’s opener with a strained back. Forward Omri Casspi will miss Friday’s game after spraining his left ankle in the third quarter against Houston.
To give the backcourt a boost, Kerr will activate point guard Quinn Cook, who signed a two-way deal with Golden State on Tuesday. Center Damian Jones and forward Kevon Looney will be inactive.
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