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Andre Iguodala is out for Game 1

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The former Finals MVP will miss his fifth consecutive game.

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Welp. We were starting to expect it, and, unfortunately it happened. Andre Iguodala is officially out of Thursday’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors announced the news on Wednesday morning in a statement.

The statement reads as follows: “Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, who missed the last four (4) games of the Western Conference Finals after suffering a left lateral leg contusion/bone bruise in Game 3 vs Houston on May 20, was evaluated by the team’s medical staff yesterday. The evaluation indicated that Iguodala is making progress; however, the pain that accompanies the bone bruise persists, as does inflammation of the nerve surrounding his left knee. He is currently listed as out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals and will be re-evaluated again prior to Game 2.”

Iguodala has now been out for a week and a half, and the team doesn’t seem to have a grasp as to why the injury is taking so long to heal, or what can be done to expedite matters. At this point, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if he were to miss the entire series.

Let’s hope not, though.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals is Thursday, May 31, at 6:00 p.m. PT, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.