The Warriors could get some much-needed frontcourt depth when they play the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.
Center James Wiseman and forward Eric Paschall could be cleared to return to the floor after missing the past three games due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
“Eric and James could possibly play tomorrow,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters Monday in a video conference. “They were not allowed to practice today. We’re hopeful that everything goes well with their testing, which it has been. But they have to complete another couple of tests. If they do, there’s a good chance they’ll be in there tomorrow night.”
Kerr said he would have to sit down with Paschall and Wiseman to see how they’re feeling physically before throwing them right back in the game. Neither has played since the March 15 contest against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Warriors have also had to deal with the absence of Kevon Looney this past week, meaning Kerr was forced to insert Alen Smailagic into the starting lineup with poor results. But Looney has cleared protocols and has the green light to return against the 76ers.
Philadelphia MVP candidate Joel Embiid is out dealing with a knee injury, but Tobias Harris still presents a handful in the post.
Golden State has proved it can play small ball in spurts but has been hamstrung by frontcourt absences all season. If the three big men can all return, it'd be a huge boost for the Dubs.