Why Wiseman didn't play more after hot start vs. Hawks

Steve Kerr and James Wiseman

James Wiseman got off to a hot start Sunday, but he didn't get much of a chance to build off it in the Warriors' 117-111 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

The 20-year-old rookie center scored eight points in the game's first 6:46, subbing out for Kevon Looney just shy of two minutes later. Wiseman didn't play for the remainder of the first half, nor did he play beyond the first 8:54 of the second.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Wiseman's playing time Sunday was a matter of matchups, rather than a reflection of how the rookie played.

"I thought James played really well," Kerr said in his postgame video conference with reporters. "I thought [Kevon Looney] played well. I thought Draymond also, at the five, gave us some open floor. I thought all three rotations, in terms of who was at center, were really good."

On a night the Warriors lost by six points, Wiseman was plus-3 in 17:39 with eight points (on 4-of-9 shooting) and five rebounds. Golden State was up by three points when Wiseman was substituted with 3:06 remaining in the third quarter, getting outscored 45-36 during the final 15:06.

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Wiseman has had an up-and-down first NBA season, and you need not look further than his performances on the Warriors' three-game road trip. He shot a combined 5-of-16 from the field and was a minus-36.

Sunday night represented an "up," at least in the first half, but it didn't translate to more playing time.


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