NBA rumors: James Wiseman expected to play after missing COVID-19 test

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Report: Wiseman expected to play after missing COVID-19 test originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

James Wiseman missed a COVID-19 test over the weekend, and did not participate in the Warriors' practice in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

But it sounds like his mistake won't cost him a game.

The rookie is expected to be in uniform when the Warriors face the LA Clippers on Thursday night, according to The Athletic's Anthony Slater.

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"[Wiseman] just forgot. So it's disappointing because he could have used the practice tonight, and we needed him out there," Steve Kerr told the media Wednesday. "So it's disappointing that he made the mistake."

The soon-to-be 20-year-old (his birthday is March 31) entered the NBA All-Star break in a little bit of a rut, averaging 7.3 points and 7.0 rebounds on 40 percent shooting over Golden State's last three games.

You could tell Wiseman needed some time off, as he looked visibly frustrated when things didn't go his way.

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"In the second half, rookies are no longer allowed to be rookies," Draymond Green said Wednesday morning on ESPN's "First Take" show. "We have a stud in James Wiseman, where you can get those rookie mistakes in the first half. And everybody's like, 'Ah OK.' Not so much in the second half.

"It's time to turn it up and make that playoff push and continue to get better."

The Warriors host the Utah Jazz and Lakers on Sunday and Monday respectively before opening a three-game road trip next Wednesday.

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