Green scored 15 points (6-7 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT) with 13 rebounds, one assist and one steal across 34 minutes in Wednesday's 104-101 loss to the Wizards.
Green's deft shooting touch on Wednesday propelled him to his sixth double-double of the season. He's had a hot hand over his last three games. He's missed just three shots in that span for an average of 78.9 percent from the field. Still Green is too inconsistent to be trusted in anything, but deeper fantasy leagues or as an occasional cheap flyer in DFS.
Green (eye) will play in Friday's matchup against the Warriors, Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal reports.
Green was considered a true game-time decision, but he will tough it out. He went through warmups with a mask to protect his facial injury. He only missed the team's previous game, so barring any setbacks, he figures to take on his usual workload.
Green, who missed Wednesday's game against the Clippers while recovering from a minor fracture near his right eye that presented vision issues, has apparently made ample progress in the last 48 hours, but will need to be fitted for a mask if he's ultimately able to play Friday. He's expected to see wear a mask during warmups to test out how it feels before the Grizzlies render a verdict on his status for the game. If Green is held out Friday as a precaution, Jarell Martin would likely pick up another start at power forward, though Zach Randolph would presumably see most of the minutes at the position.
After X-rays on his face came back negative Tuesday, Green decided to also see a specialist Wednesday, who has now diagnosed him with a fractured maxilla near his right eye. While Green is expected to sit out Wednesday, the fracture isn't likely to keep him out of action for long and he's already being considered day-to-day following the Grizzlies' matchup with the Clippers. He's seen his swelling go down around his eye and his vision is clearing up, so he could be good to go as soon as Friday's matchup with the Warriors, although it may be more realistic to return Sunday against the Jazz.
Green has been cleared of any fractures to his face after he caught an errant elbow Tuesday, but he's still dealing with some significant swelling surrounding his right eye. The Grizzlies will likely reevaluate him leading up to Wednesday's game against the Clippers, but if Green is ruled out for that contest, Zach Randolph would likely move into the starting five at power forward, while Jarell Martin could also pick up more time at the position.
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