In recent days, the 2016 NBA playoffs have been somewhat overshadowed by a number of injuries to high profile players.
Over the weekend, we saw the league's reigning MVP, Stephen Curry, return from an ankle injury only to suffer a sprained right MCL that will keep him out for at least two weeks. And last night brought the news that Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are effectively both out for the remainder of the postseason.
With the Warriors and Clippers on course to meet in the second round if both teams navigate their first round series', the injuries to Blake and CP3 had actually boosted morale amongst some Golden State fans concerned about the team's prospects sans Curry. Speaking yesterday, however, Draymond Green put the injuries into a wider perspective:
"Coach Kerr was just talking about it," the 2016 All-Star said when asked about the Clippers duo's injuries on Tuesday. "And he said, 'as we saw with Chris and Steph the other day, nothing is promised so you have to take advantage of every opportunity'."
The Warriors star went on to highlight the precarious nature of being a professional basketball player, and the effects an injury has away from the hardwood too that often go unnoticed:
"We come out here every day, and you just don't know what's going to happen...It sucks because you hate to see anyone get hurt.
"Sometimes fans will get it twisted like, 'ah man, that is good for our team', but you live that every day.
"(Chris Paul) can't go pick his daughter up with that hand now. It's not like Steph can walk off the court and go run around with his daughters...It's bigger than basketball. Obviously, you all want to win championships, but it is life."
In the heat of the playoffs, with so much at stake for every team involved and the fans completely invested in each and every game, it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture.
Although Green is in the midst of that experience right now as the Warriors look to mount a successful attempt to retain the Larry O'Brien Trophy it is interesting to see him take such a wide view on things.
He could easily have agreed that potentially facing a Clippers team without arguably their best two players would be a huge advantage for Golden State. Instead, he spoke candidly about the effects such injuries have on the player themselves.
With the Warriors back in action tonight as they take a 3-1 series lead into game five against the Houston Rockets, Green will just be hoping there aren't any more serious injuries lying ahead in this unforgiving postseason.