When James Wiseman initially went down with his sprained left wrist injury on Jan. 30, the Warriors expected him to miss seven to 10 days. Wednesday marked the 11th day since his spill against the Detroit Pistons, but Wiseman still needs some more time to recover.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr joined "Damon, Ratto and Kolsky" on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday to give an update on the No. 2 overall pick. Wiseman is scheduled to have his wrist examined before Thursday’s matchup against the Orlando Magic, but Kerr already deemed Wiseman “doubtful” for Saturday’s star-studded affair against the Brooklyn Nets.
“Doubtful against the Nets,” Kerr said. “He’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow. We’ll see what the doctor says. I doubt he plays anytime in the next few days. It’s all up to the specialist that he’s going to see tomorrow.”
The Warriors haven’t been the same since Wiseman and subsequently Kevon Looney went down with injuries. Golden State has gone 2-3 in Wiseman’s absence while being very undersized in the paint.
Draymond Green moved into the No. 5 spot once Looney went down and perhaps became the game’s first true point center in the process.
Obviously, the Warriors are eager to get their talented 7-foot center back but there’s no sense in rushing the19-year-old Wiseman. The rookie is their center of the future and his development is a key focus for the coaching staff this season.