The word from East Lansing is that Michigan State senior captain Draymond Green is expected to play on Sunday against Michigan. The news should come as no surprise to anyone that watched Green’s post game interview, in which he guaranteed victory on February 5th, after losing to Michigan.
Green left Tuesday’s game at Illinois with the knee injury and appeared unable to put weight on the injured leg walking off of the court. An MRI on Wednesday revealed no major ligament damage to Green’s knee and he has reportedly been practicing.
Joe Rexrode quotes Tom Izzo on Twitter, noting that Green “will go for sure” but Izzo isn’t sure how much he will play, citing minor swelling and emphasizing the importance of today’s practice.
“He (Coach Tom Izzo) does expect Draymond to play,” team spokesman Matt Larson told fans at the MSU Rebounders Club luncheon Friday.
Rexrode also reports that Green practiced on Thursday, is expected to practice today and quotes Green’s mother, Mary Babers:
“I think he’d play if he still had a crutch,” Babers said.
Babers, though, said Green still has swelling in his left knee and still is suffering from the flu. When she left for Saginaw on Thursday night, he still wasn’t eating much. The good news for Green is, he has been told that playing won’t jeopardize the knee. So it’s about mobility and pain tolerance.
“I’m sure he won’t play a lot and he probably won’t start,” Babers said, “but if he can go, he’ll go.”