Draymond Green

Draymond Green cleared to practice as Warriors season opener looms

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Draymond Green has taken another step toward possibly playing in the Warriors' first game of the 2023-24 NBA season.

The forward continues to make "good progress" on the sprained left ankle he suffered ahead of training camp, the Warriors announced Sunday, and Green has been cleared to begin 5-on-5 practice.

While Green's status for Golden State's season opener against the Phoenix Suns remains questionable, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said last week that he wouldn't put his veteran defender back out on the court if he hadn't participated in any 5-on-5 practice work.

With that hurdle now cleared, it remains to be seen whether or not Green will suit up on Tuesday at Chase Center -- but it's certainly a step in the right direction.

Green sustained the injury by coming down on Jonathan Kuminga's foot while going up for a layup during an offseason pickup game at Chase Center. The Warriors initially said he would miss at least the first two preseason games, but he ultimately missed all five.

“I feel good,” Green said Oct. 2 at Warriors Media Day. “I feel like I'm improving fast. I’m a pretty fast healer, so I feel like I'm improving fast and it's good. Didn’t quite foresee this coming into the season, but everything happens for a reason.”

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