Warriors Injury Report: Latest Updates on Klay Thompson and James Wiseman

Published 11/10/2021, 11:06 PM EST
Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson embrace after the Warriors� 104 to 99 victory over the Houston Rockets in game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)


The Warriors have got off to a hot start in the 2021-22 season, losing just one game. Led by Stephen Curry, the GSW’s veteran additions are playing out really well and the young talent is making their impact too. However, they aren’t at their full strength yet with Klay Thompson and James Wiseman still out. But now, there may be some encouraging news for the Bay fans.

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Lately, there have been many videos showing Klay Thompson on the court. While the star shooter is recovering well, he is yet to see involvement in any scrimmages. For James Wiseman, he went through surgery for his injured knee and has increased his activity.

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Recently, Warriors’ coach, Steve Kerr gave an update on the two stars and their current status.

Steve Kerr gives an encouraging update for Klay Thompson and James Wiseman

Klay and Steph formed one of the most dangerous backcourts in recent history. When in sync, the splash brother can tear the opposition with their shooting display. But for two years they haven’t played a single game together. However, it seems the wait won’t be that long.

While speaking about Klay, Kerr said that he could participate in the scrimmage in Santa Cruz when the Warriors travel on the road. The 56-YO revealed that both, Wiseman and Klay won’t travel with them but instead stay back and get some live work done.

For Wiseman, Kerr revealed that the Warriors are taking it slowly. The young center is moving well but he is still not there yet. Coach Kerr even accepted they have deliberately taken the slow approach with Wiseman to ensure he gets back in his best shape.

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How would their return affect the Warriors?

When Klay Thompson and James Wiseman take the court, there will be a change in the starting lineup. Notably, Looney won’t start at center anymore while Jordan Poole or Wiggins will also go to the bench. At first, they both may have minutes restrictions and hence the current roster will get a good chunk of minutes.

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Oct 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates with guard Jordan Poole (3) and forward Otto Porter Jr. (32) during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The Warriors won 111-99. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

However, the Bay needs to figure out their rotations once Thompson is back. Poole has been red hot and has made up for the absence of Klay Thompson. On the other hand, Wiggins has started off slowly but his size and defense provide a big advantage.

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With Curry playing at an MVP level once again averaging 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists per game, Klay’s return would make the Warriors a much bigger threat.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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