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Warriors rookie James Wiseman gets real on injury status amid 8-game absence

James Wiseman, Warriors. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors big man James Wiseman is nearing a return to action as the rookie continues to make strides in his recovery from a sprained left wrist. The 19-year-old himself provided a timely update on his road to recovery, which will give Dubs fans something to smile about.

Wiseman himself confirmed that he’s made significant progress in his recovery (h/t Nick Friedell of ESPN):

Last week, coach Steve Kerr noted that Wiseman was still feeling some pain in his wrist and that the 7-foot-1 center will miss at least another seven days. Based on Kerr’s most recent update, however, it has now been established that Wiseman will go beyond the one-week timetable that was previously provided.

Wiseman will undergo another round of evaluation on Thursday, and if all goes well, he could be back for Golden State’s matchup against the Orlando Magic on Friday. That game against the Magic in Orlando marks the first contest in the Warriors’ upcoming four-game road trip. Barring a significant setback, it would probably be safe to assume that Wiseman will be traveling with the squad for that road stint.

The Dubs have been gutted with frontcourt injuries, with Kevon Looney and Eric Paschall also missing time. While Looney remains on the shelf, Paschall has already been able to return and is actually playing quite well as a makeshift five.

Looney himself is nearing a return, and with Wiseman due back sooner rather than later, it looks like the Warriors will soon be able to field a (relatively) healthy squad.