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Warriors set for major boost ahead of playoffs?

Steve Kerr in a blue warmup jacket

Mar 20, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr encourages his players during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

The defending champions may be entering scary hours once again.

Jason Dumas of 95.7 The Game in San Francisco reported Friday that Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins has returned to the Bay Area. Wiggins had spent most of the recent weeks out of town, Dumas adds.

This update comes after Warriors head coach Steve Kerr revealed earlier this week that Wiggins has been working out on a daily basis during his absence.

The former No. 1 overall pick Wiggins has not played since Feb. 13 (a total of 20 missed games and counting) due to personal reasons. The nature of the issue that Wiggins is dealing with has not been disclosed, and no timetable has been given for a potential return to action.

Nonetheless, Warriors fans will be encouraged by the news that Wiggins has returned to the Bay Area. The team clearly misses his disruptive defense and his release-valve shotmaking, two huge keys to the Warriors’ championship victory last season. Golden State is just 11-9 since Wiggins last played and are only a game away from falling into play-in tournament range.

But the playoffs still do not begin for a couple of weeks, and the Warriors remain confident in their chances. Regardless of if Wiggins returns, they recently got another important player back from a lengthy absence too.

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