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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green appears to be moving in the right direction when it comes to his return to game action. Green has missed Golden State's last 19 games due to a lower back injury, but the Warriors provided a promising update on the veteran on Wednesday. 

No timetable was provided for his potential return, but Green, who recently started doing some on-court work, is expected to return sometime after the upcoming All-Star break. From the Warriors: 

Draymond Green, who has missed the last 19 games (20 if including the Jan. 9 game vs. Cleveland in which he played seven seconds) due to a lower back/disk injury, is making good progress in his recovery/rehabilitation and it's anticipated that he will return to play at some point after the All-Star break. He has recently progress to doing some light on-court activity and will continue to increase his workload moving forward. The next update will be provided when he returns to practice on a date to be determined. 

Speaking to reporters earlier this month, Green expanded on how he's feeling, and when he might be back. "I can't really put a definite timeline on it because at this point I'm just rehabbing and building strength and just letting my body heal," Green said. "Ideally, I would love to be back in the next three to four weeks. But I can't guarantee that.

"When dealing with the back, the one thing I am not going to do is rush back," Green added. "And if I'm not back in three weeks, that also doesn't mean that I'm not able to play. I want to return when I am 100 percent confident that I am healthy, that I am in great shape, because the reality is, I don't want to return not in somewhat of game shape."

Green is one of the best defensive players in the league and a high-level playmaker. The Warriors need him at his best to reach their full potential, and if that means sitting out an extra few weeks to make sure his back is 100 percent healed, then that's exactly what should happen. 

The good news is that Green said he's already back on the court getting shots up, and all signs point to him returning before the end of the regular season. Plus, thanks to their red-hot start, the Warriors still have the second-best record in the league at 42-16 and sit second in the Western Conference standings despite the fact that Green has missed a chunk of time.