Draymond Green unlikely to play Friday, but knee MRI came back clean

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The Warriors announced Green's injury as a strained left knee.

An MRI exam of Warriors forward Draymond Green's left knee on Friday (AEDT) showed no structural damage, according to reports.

The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year went down with what looked to be a serious knee injury in the third quarter of Tuesday's season opener against the Houston Rockets. Once Green sat out, the Rockets opened the fourth-quarter on a 9-0 run.

New Orleans will be the first stop on a three-game road trip for Golden State.

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The Warriors are also nursing injuries to reserve forward Andre Iguodala (back strain) and reserve guard Omri Casspi (mild right ankle sprain).

Kevin Durant nearly saved the Warriors during the game against the Houston Rockets as he pulled off a jumper shot to give the Warriors a one-point lead.

Nick Young led the Warriors with 23 points, Stephen Curry with 22 points and Kevin Durant with 20 points.

His status for Friday's game against New Orleans is doubtful after nearing a triple-double during Tuesday's outing (nine points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists). If Green can't play, rookie Jordan Bell, who has impressed in limited time so far, would likely start in his place.