DENVER -- Warriors forward Draymond Green will not play against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday and rest an ankle that has been giving him discomfort since tweaking it more than two weeks ago.

"They didn't have to do too much convincing because I know I need it," Green said of the rest. "I wanted to fight it, but my body wouldn't let me.

"I'm pretty beat up right now."

Green had been the only Warriors starter to play every game, and he plays a team-leading 34.9 minutes per game -- a number that increased while Harrison Barnes was out of action.

Green played at an All-Star level, notching six of his eight triple-doubles after tweaking the ankle in the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 28.

"It's different parts of the ankle," Green said. "I'll leave it at that.

"It wasn't much pushback from me because I know how bad it was."

The 36-2 Warriors chose to sit Green against the Nuggets, who they have beaten three times already this season. Green could possibly miss Thursday's home game against the Los Angeles Lakers, according to interim head coach Luke Walton.

"That's still up in the air," Green said, smiling. "We'll see."

After the back-to-back the Warriors have a three-game trip beginning in Detroit, which is near where Green grew up.

"With a big road trip coming up and a tough stretch here at the end of the month, we just figure it's better to give him a little bit of rest and try to keep him healthy," Walton said.


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"It's something where he could play, but with the amount of minutes he's been playing and -- I won't call them injuries -- some nagging pain, it's just better we feel like to give him the night off here."

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