The Golden State Warriors are about to embark on a rough stretch of schedule, and they’ll be without their dynamic rookie for much of it. The team announced on Monday that center James Wiseman, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, has been sidelined with a sprained wrist on his shooting hand.
He’ll be reevaluated in 7-10 days.
The injury occurred during Saturday’s win over the Detroit Pistons. Wiseman was seen holding his wrist in pain after a fall, but briefly stayed in the game.
Here is the play where James Wiseman sprained his left wrist. Bumped off balance on an alley oop finish, fell hard on it. pic.twitter.com/w2CNAcecJV— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 1, 2021
If Wiseman were to return in 10 days’ time, then he would get back on the court on Feb. 11 vs. the Orlando Magic. In the interim he would miss five games: one against the Boston Celtics, and two each against the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs.
It’s just the latest hit to the center position for the Dubs, who are already without Marquese Chriss and Alen Smailagić. In Wiseman’s absence, Kevon Looney will likely see a minutes increase, and the Dubs will surely play more small ball minutes with Eric Paschall or Draymond Green at the 5.