OAKLAND -- That David West, fractured left thumb protected by a splint, was running and grunting on the practice court with some of his Warriors teammates Friday does not necessarily mean he will return ahead of schedule.
After West sustained the injury on Jan. 18 against Oklahoma City, the Warriors announced that the center/forward would be reevaluated in two weeks.
Nothing has changed, despite West's evident desire to get back on the court.
West's thumb will be reevaluated and X-rayed next Tuesday or Wednesday, after which time an update will be available.This ensures the soonest he conceivably could return is next Wednesday, when the Warriors play host to Charlotte.
"He's been running and shooting," coach Steve Kerr said of West. "The main thing is he just can't have contact. He's able to actually get some work done on the floor. But the fracture has to heal, so any non-contact stuff he's able to do."
West missed all four games on the recent road trip and will be unavailable for at least the next two games, against the Clippers on Saturday in Oakland and against the Trail Blazers on Sunday in Portland.