After missing 12 days of action, James Wiseman will be out longer than expected.
The Warriors' rookie center had imaging done on his left wrist Thursday afternoon, and while his wrist is healing nicely, Wiseman is still experiencing pain, prolonging his absence.
"As long as there is pain in the wrist we have to keep him back," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters in his pregame press conference. "We'll have to watch him over the next week and see how he does and hopefully the pain will subside."
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Wiseman injured his wrist on January 30 against the Detroit Pistons when he landed awkwardly on his arm after an alley-oop attempt. Originally, it was said he would be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days. On Tuesday, Kerr said if Wiseman's scans looked good, he could be ready to go on Saturday when the Warriors host the Brooklyn Nets.
But now he will be out at least another week as the Warriors monitor his pain.
With Wiseman still out and Kevon Looney recovering from a sprained ankle, the Warriors are still without a true center. But don't start thinking about the possible free agents the Warriors could sign, because according to Kerr, "We're not looking to do anything."
They will continue to ride Draymond Green and their small-ball lineup until Wiseman and Looney can return.
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Kerr said the Warriors' team doctor doesn't want Wiseman playing while experiencing pain in his wrist because if he were to aggravate it, his recovery timeline would be even longer.
Wiseman has been working out on an individual basis so far. He has been riding the bike and elliptical and been doing as much work with a basketball that his left hand will allow.
"The good news is he's able to get on the bike and run up and down the floor and keep his conditioning," Kerr said.