On the latest injury report shared by the NBA on Wednesday afternoon, Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins remains listed out for Thursday’s contest against the Los Angeles Clippers.
It will mark the sixth consecutive game Wiggs has missed due to a personal family matter. While the Warriors are respecting his privacy with the matter and not providing more details, general manager Bob Myers gave us a faint sense of how the situation is going.
Myers joined 95.7 The Game’s “Steiny & Guru” Wednesday to shed a little bit of light on how long we can expect Wiggins to remain sidelined. According to Myers, Golden State isn’t expecting Wiggins to be out for a long time or the rest of the season.
“I don’t think that’s what anybody is planning for,” Myers told Daryle ‘The Guru’ Johnson and John Dickinson (filling in for Matt Steinmetz). “But we’ll leave that in its own place. That’s not the expectation. I think what you’re asking is – could he remain out for a long, long time? I don’t think that’s happening. I’m going to leave that alone. Hopefully when he gets back, whatever words he would like to say on it, which I don’t think will be much – it’s his private life – he will do.”
Hopefully for the Warriors, Wiggins will be back soon. There are only 20 games left in the regular season before the play-in tournament begins on April 11.
Wiggins has had a touch-and-go campaign this season. He missed several games with an adductor strain only to come back and be sidelined by two different illnesses. Wiggins’ comeback lasted eight games and he looked rusty, but he hasn’t played in a contest since Feb. 13.
In all, Wiggins has played in 37 of 62 games this season, averaging 17.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 39.6 percent from 3-point land. Before hurting his adductor muscle, Wiggins was averaging 19.1 points while shooting 45 percent from 3-point territory, while remaining the team’s top perimeter defender.
Considering Steph Curry (leg injury) could also return on the upcoming road trip and Draymond Green returned to the lineup Monday after missing two games with a knee contusion, the Dubs are getting back to full strength. Beyond those three stars, the last missing piece remains Gary Payton II, who is hoping to return this month from a core muscle injury.