Wiseman returns to practice, to be re-evaluated Thursday

James Wiseman, Warriors

James Wiseman didn't think his left wrist injury was that serious when he initially injured it against the Pistons on Jan. 30.

He continued to play after he landed on it following a collision with Jerami Grant, but was constantly twirling and grabbing his wrist, trying to shake the pain away.

It wasn't until the fourth quarter that he realized it would need further evaluation. 

The diagnosis was a sprain -- which Wiseman is thankful for -- but it's a sprain that has kept him on the sidelines for more than two weeks. 

Wiseman will be re-evaluated on Thursday, meaning he will miss Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat but there's a chance he could return in time for Friday's game in Orlando. 

"With a sprained wrist you don't know if it will be one week, two weeks or three, so I'm just following each procedure, but there are no setbacks," Wiseman told reporters after practice on Tuesday. "I'm just trying to improve and get better each day and it's definitely getting better so I can't wait to get back out there."

Following Wiseman's first evaluation last week, the cause of concern was that he was still feeling pain in his left wrist. The pain and inflammation have gone down, which makes Wiseman believe he'll return to the court sooner than later. 

Wiseman and Kevon Looney were able to participate in the non-contact portion of practice on Tuesday. While the rookie hasn't been able to do many shooting drills yet he says he doesn't feel rusty when he's been able to get shots up. 


"They're coming along nicely," Steve Kerr told 95.7 The Game on Tuesday. "Both guys are looking good and I wouldn’t expect them to be out too much longer. I don’t have a date for you, but I suspect at some point on this road trip coming up we’ll see both guys." 

Wiseman has never suffered an injury that has kept him out as long as he's been now, but the experience he had at Memphis -- being forced to watch from afar when the NCAA held him from games -- has helped him stay prepared for his return. 

"I've been through a lot of adversity in my life already, so just staying mentally tough and engaged," Wiseman said. "Asking lots of questions and being very courageous every day."

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Draymond Green has remained Wiseman's go-to guy for questions, particularly after watching him thrive in the center position. Of course, Wiseman isn't the same player as Green. And when Wiseman is on the court, the game will be played differently than when Green is at the five. But watching the Warriors' small-ball lineup has made Wiseman want to learn and add certain aspects of Green and Juan Toscano-Anderson's game to his repertoire.

"I feel adding [passing] to my game will make me even more effective," Wiseman said. "I feel that watching [Green] play, and him using his IQ on defense as well, I watch his defensive skills on how he can impact the game on that part of the floor and both ends, I just want to study from him and keep learning and keep spectating. I'm over there just watching him."

"I'm focusing on the execution of each play, focusing on the defensive end, like how Juan T guards because he's a dog. Focusing on Draymond and how he guards, well. Focusing on the little things to make myself better."

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