James Wiseman’s Return For Warriors Delayed Again

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The Golden State Warriors will be without James Wiseman for longer than expected due to increased swelling in his knee. With the start of the NBA playoffs approaching, time is running out for him to get back into the fold and to establish a rhythm.

“We will take a pause and see how the knee responds from there,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Wiseman last played on Apr. 10 after suffering a torn meniscus. During his rookie campaign after appearing in 39 games and posted averages of 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 21.4 minutes per game.

“I feel terrible for James,” Kerr said. “I will just keep going back to the fact that he’s 20 years old. He’s got his whole future ahead. We just have to be really, really cautious. We have to do what is best for him long term.”

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There has been a lot of pressure placed on Kevon Looney to hold down the center position as of late given how Draymond Green was recently out of the lineup for weeks, too. With Stephen Curry being sidelined, the Warriors have needed all the help they can get.

“We can’t make a decision based on the schedule,” Kerr said. “We can’t make decisions based on the playoffs. Every decision should be made around James’ career and his future.”

There was speculation the Warriors should have made a move at the NBA trade deadline to acquire a center but they opted to not make such a move. Now, they will need to sort things out as James Wiseman recovers.

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