Warriors guard Andrew Wiggins was long anchored to the worst of labels: inefficient, lazy, not clutch.
In helping Golden State overcome a rare off night from guard Stephen Curry for a 122-116 win over the Suns at Chase Center on Tuesday, Wiggins reinforced why such descriptors no longer apply to him. When not making life difficult on Phoenix’s top scorers, Wiggins was scoring 38 points on 17-for-24 shooting, including a couple of late buckets that helped ice the victory.
This is someone who has been Golden State’s most consistent player this season not named Curry or Draymond Green. With just two regular-season games left, the Warriors view Wiggins — yes, the same Wiggins who was once scapegoated for the Timberwolves’ many issues — as a big reason they could be a daunting matchup in the playoffs.
As he illustrated Tuesday, Wiggins is more than capable of being a go-to option when Curry is struggling with double-teams. Thirteen of Wiggins’ points came in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer with 2:58 left to knot the game at 110-110. Little more than a minute later, he uncorked a nifty spin move to create separation from his defender, hitting a 9-footer to give the Warriors a five-point lead and force the Suns into a timeout.
As Wiggins conducted his postgame TV interview on the court, teammate Kent Bazemore sneaked up from behind him and doused him with water. Moments later, when Wiggins took…