Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins got vaccinated just in time to put Jusuf Nurkic on a poster.
After what felt like an eternity debating Andrew Wiggins’ possibilities this season with the Golden State Warriors if he remained unvaccinated, he made the decision to get the shot prior to the team’s first NBA preseason game. Golden State beat the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night, 121-107.
In the second quarter, Wiggins put the Trail Blazers’ 6-foot-11 inch Jusuf Nurkic on a poster.
Andrew Wiggins is vaccinated and Jusuf Nurkic was his first victim in the Golden State Warriors’ preseason opener
On Sunday, it was announced that Andrew had received the vaccine and would be able to play in Portland on Monday night. The vaccination saga for Wiggins and the Warriors is now over, and he took out some of his frustration on Nurkic.
It’s just the preseason, after all, but that was still impressive. Did the vaccine give Andrew special powers? It seems like maybe it’s doing more than protecting him and those around him from the coronavirus.
Andrew played for 16 minutes and shot 5-for-10 from the field and 2-for-5 from the 3-point line. He finished the game with 13 points.
If Wiggins was unvaccinated throughout the season, he would’ve missed out on playing in Golden State’s home games at Chase Center due to a San Francisco mandate. New York City has a similar mandate in place, so he also wouldn’t have been able to play in away games against the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.
The Warriors will host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, which would’ve been the first game that Andrew would have missed if he wasn’t vaccinated.