Warriors

Warriors optimistic Wiseman, Looney will play vs. Knicks

Warriors

The Warriors have been living the small-ball life for the last few weeks, but that could change Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told the media Monday that centers James Wiseman and Kevon Looney practiced fully Monday and the Warriors are optimistic they will play Tuesday against the New York Knicks. Kerr said the team's official declaration won't come until Tuesday as the Warriors want to make sure both players respond well after going through a full practice.

If both players are available, Kerr told reporters that Looney "probably" will return to the starting spot he occupied before he sprained his ankle.

Wiseman sprained his left wrist during the Warriors Jan. 30 win over the Detroit Pistons. Wiseman finished the game but hasn't seen the court since. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft was expected to only be out 7-10 days, but the rookie still was feeling pain in his wrist after his first evaluation, so the Warriors have kept him sidelined. Wiseman has missed the Warriors' last 11 games.

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As for Looney, the veteran center has been out since spraining his left ankle against the Boston Celtics on Feb. 2. He has missed the last 10 games.

With both Wiseman and Looney out, the Warriors have been going small with Draymond Green at center. While they have played well with the small-ball lineup, there's no doubt Kerr will welcome the return of both Wiseman and Looney.

The Warriors have gone 5-6 in the 11 games without Wiseman and 5-5 in the 10 games without Looney.

 

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