Warriors’ Draymond Green set to return Monday vs. Timberwolves

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, and guard Stephen Curry gesture from the sideline during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

The Golden State Warriors’ star core is almost whole again, at least on the outside.

Head coach Steve Kerr announced Sunday that forward Draymond Green is set to return to action Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Green last played on Nov. 15 against the Houston Rockets, after which he has remained hobbled by a toe injury. This occurred one game after he got into a heated verbal exchange with two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant, when there finally appeared to be some cracks in the Warriors’ seemingly indestructible armour.

In his absence, the Warriors have gone 6-5.

The three-time all-star is having a down year offensively, averaging just 6.9 points and shooting 22.2 per cent from three-point range, his lowest mark since his rookie season. He’s still racking up the boards and assists, though his blocks are down as well.

With Steph Curry having returned from a groin injury on Dec. 1 in Detroit and DeMarcus Cousins set to return after Christmas as well, the Warriors will be looking to hit their stride in the second half of the season after a below-par 18-9 start to the season. Of course, being the Warriors, that’s still good for the top seed in the Western Conference.

The back-to-back champs take on the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena on Wednesday.

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