Monday night brings one of the greatest, and most stressful things in sports: Game 7. The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets will tip things off in Houston for the seventh time this series, with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line.
And, unfortunately, both teams are likely to be missing key players. For the Warriors, Andre Iguodala has been listed as doubtful by coach Steve Kerr. Iguodala hurt his knee in Game 3, and has missed the last three games.
Steve Kerr on status of @andre (lower left leg contusion) for Game 7: “if Andre can play, he’ll play. But I would call him doubtful, just because it’s gone on this long, and he’s had a lot of pain. So we’ll just keep taking it day by day.”— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) May 28, 2018
While Kerr called Iguodala doubtful, the official injury report from the team has the forward listed as questionable.
Injury report for tomorrow night's Game 7: Patrick McCaw (lumbar spine recovery) is probable. Kevon Looney (sore left toe) & Andre Iguodala (left lateral leg contusion) are questionable.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) May 27, 2018
Of course, something stands out on that injury report: Kevon Looney. But, thankfully, there’s nothing to worry about there. Kerr didn’t even know Looney was on the report, and all but promised that the young big will play.
Steve Kerr did not know that Looney is questionable bc of a sore left toe. "To be honest, this is the first I've heard of it. Anybody else know anything about any of our other players? I'll question him tonight and I'll tell him that he's playing."— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) May 28, 2018
For the Rockets, point guard Chris Paul looks like he may miss his second consecutive game after hurting his hamstring in the final moments of Game 5.
Mike D’Antoni says @CP3 will still be listed as questionable going into Monday’s Game 7, but final determination may not be made until Monday afternoon when team doctors are expected to check him out.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) May 27, 2018
Both Paul and Iguodala are tremendous players who have had a huge impact on the series. It would be a shame if neither of them get to play in Game 7. It would especially be a bummer for Paul, as this is his first Conference Finals.
Still, with or without them, it’s a wildly exciting game, and tonight can’t come soon enough.