A day after James Wiseman and Draymond Green returned to practice, head coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday it’s “unlikely” either will play in the Warriors’ preseason finale Thursday in Sacramento.
Because the Warriors want them to participate in a scrimmage before making their debut, both Wiseman and Green were ruled out for Tuesday’s preseason game against the Kings, but could return as soon as the regular-season opener on Dec. 22 in Brooklyn.
“Given that they haven’t even played in a single scrimmage and James has only had one practice, Draymond too, it’s hard to see that we’d throw them out there on Thursday,” Kerr said. “So highly unlikely (they’ll play), but we’ll leave the door open.”
According to Kerr, the Warriors will have a “small scrimmage” Wednesday before Thursday’s game in Sacramento. On Saturday, they’ll have their “final tune up” scrimmage before heading to Brooklyn.
Wiseman and Green sat out training camp because of positive coronavirus tests and were cleared to join practice Monday after progressing through the league’s protocol. Per league rules, players have to self-quarantine for 10 to 12 days before attempting to return two negative coronavirus tests.
With Green sidelined and Eric Paschall out with right knee soreness Tuesday, the Warriors started Stephen Curry, Kelly Oubre Jr., Andrew Wiggins, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Kevon Looney.
Getting Green back will help organize Golden State’s defense, which the team hopes can rank in the top 10 this season. Wiseman, the second-overall pick in the draft, will need playing time to develop.