It’s now been two and a half weeks since Andre Iguodala played a basketball game. Iguodala suffered a knee contusion and bone bruise on May 20, in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets.
Since that time, the Golden State Warriors won the series, and took the first two games of the NBA Finals from the Cleveland Cavaliers. But tonight, they might get their valuable wing back.
At Wednesday’s shootaround, coach Steve Kerr listed Iguodala as a game-time decision, while noting that things are “leaning in the right direction.” Beat reporter Anthony Slater got the vibe from Kerr that Iguodala will likely return to the court.
Andre Iguodala update from shootaround: Will warm up pregame, “game-time decision” per Kerr. Sounds like he’ll play. “Leaning in the right direction.”— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 6, 2018
Iguodala’s presence would go a long way towards the Warriors securing the series. Not only did he win the Finals MVP award in 2015 against Cleveland, but he represents the team’s best defensive option against LeBron James. Not only that, but he’s a part of the Warriors vaunted death lineup, which poses problems for every team, but especially for the Cavs.
The Warriors can (and should) win the series without Iguodala. But the addition sure would be nice.