The Golden State Warriors are listing Andrew Wiggins as questionable for Game 6 due to a left costal cartilage that was apparently suffered during Game 5.
Notable news: Andrew Wiggins is listed as questionable for Game 6 with a left costal cartilage fracture. That's an area of the ribcage.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 12, 2023
This is an identical injury to the one suffered by Kevon Looney in the 2019 NBA Finals, one he played through an obvious amount of pain.
Kevon Looney had a costal cartilage fracture way back in the 2019 NBA Finals. He played through it but was in obvious pain. https://t.co/pjuO6K4NfK— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 12, 2023
Wiggins appeared to injure it late in the fourth quarter of Game 6 after a box out, where he was grabbing his left rib area in apparent discomfort.
Andrew Wiggins appeared to first show rib discomfort after this box out crack of LeBron James in the middle of the fourth quarter. Kept grabbing at his ribs the next few minutes. Costal cartilage fracture. His Game 6 status is in question.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 12, 2023
Here is a look. pic.twitter.com/9CDwETFvrJ
According to resident Warriors Twitter physician Dr. Nirav Pandya, Wiggins’ ability to play depends largely on pain relief.
Quick thread on costal cartilage injuries re: Andrew Wiggins. The costal cartilage is the "cartilage" that connects the ribs to the sternum. This cartilage allows the rib cage to expand and absorbs shock for trauma. It is a variation of a "rib" fracture. Return to play...— Dr. Nirav Pandya, M.D. (@DrNiravPandya) May 12, 2023
depends largely on pain relief. If the athlete can breathe / function with the pain, then they can return to play. There are various ways to control pain (i.e. injection) and protect the area. #DubNation— Dr. Nirav Pandya, M.D. (@DrNiravPandya) May 12, 2023
If Wiggins ends up missing Game 6, the Warriors will be without their best two-way wing and primary LeBron James defender – in addition to his offensive production in this series against the Los Angeles Lakers: 16.8 points, six rebounds, and 2.8 assists on 48/38/87 shooting splits and 58.7% TS.