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Even if Green misses a little time, the Warriors should be fine.

They could have used the reigning Defensive Player of the Year down the stretch, but there was no need to push it this early in the season.

ESPN was the first to report news of Green's MRI results.

Anthony Slater of TheAthletic.com, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle and Mark Medina of The Mercury News say Green is likely doubtful for Friday's road game against the New Orleans Pelicans. He came up hobbling and grabbing at his knee, putting quite a scare into Golden State's faithful.

"I don't know how serious they take defense with that comment", Green told reporters on Monday, stopping short of piling on D'Antoni, "but I know they definitely added some good defensive players".

Green suffered a left knee strain during Tuesday's opener against the Rockets, but appears to have avoided anything severe that could cost him extended action.

He had nine points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in 28 minutes. He sat out the entire fourth quarter, and the Warriors ended up losing 122-121.

"He was the guy who was bringing the energy and the life", coach Steve Kerr said.

The status of forward Andre Iguodala, who practiced Wednesday after missing Golden State's preseason finale Friday and Tuesday's opener with a strained back, remains in flux.

Golden State is now in flight to New Orleans, where it'll practice at Tulane around 3 p.m.