Shortly before the Golden State Warriors dispatched the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, it was announced that bench players James Wiseman and Eric Paschall would miss the contest due to health and safety protocol. They, along with some members of the staff, had been linked to someone with the coronavirus, and the players had to be away from the team due to contact tracing.
After the game, coach Steve Kerr revealed some bad news. The Warriors had received word from the league that Wiseman and Paschall would have to be sidelined for seven days.
James Wiseman and Eric Paschall will be out 7 days due to the health and safety protocol— Brady Klopfer (@BradyKlopferNBA) March 18, 2021
That means that Wiseman and Paschall will miss the Friday-Saturday doubleheader against the Memphis Grizzlies, and Tuesday’s contest against the Philadelphia 76ers. Assuming they’re cleared to return after the week of being sidelined, they’ll be back next Thursday against the Sacramento Kings.
It’s a bummer for both players, who are key parts of the team’s second unit. And it’s a double bummer for Wiseman, who will miss the only hometown games of his rookie season.
Extra bummer for Wiseman with the two Grizzlies games coming up. He's from Tennessee and won't be able to play in front of family and friends. https://t.co/LZIVDYa3Ke— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) March 18, 2021
It’s worth noting — especially in light of Wiseman getting disciplined for missing a coronavirus test over the All-Star break — that no one is at fault here. It’s just a thing that happens when you try and play a season in a pandemic, and Kerr made sure to note that no one did anything wrong.
Regarding Wiseman and Paschall in a seven-day quarantine, Kerr says “there’s nobody to blame, no one at fault. The league has to be overly cautious” to make sure everyone is healthy and the season continues.— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) March 18, 2021
Kerr also mentioned that the Warriors are exploring options for getting the two players — as well as the staff members, who also have to be quarantined for seven days — back to the Bay Area, so that they’re not stranded in Houston for the week. However, the Warriors had not finalized anything yet, and it remains unclear if the players will be able to get home for their week off.