As detailed in our preview of the game, veterans DeMarcus Cousins and Shaun Livingston will be out for tonight’s game on account of the need to rest. However, this evening, Warriors coach Steve Kerr announced that veteran wingman Andre Iguodala will also be out for tonight’s game due to
load management rest, as reported by radio man Tim Roye (among others).
Andre Iguodala, DeMarcus Cousins and Shaun Livingston will not play in Portland tonight (rest, load management). On the radio side, @rcdavisNBA is probable (stress management).— Tim Roye (@warriorsvox) February 14, 2019
As Duby Dub Dubs wrote in the preview, missing these vets on the back end of a back-to-back set against a playoff opponent like Portland will make “...a challenging game tougher...” than it might otherwise be.
Nevertheless, the upside — depending on how optimistic your worldview skews — is that we get to see Kevon Looney back in the starting lineup in place of Cousins tonight.
Steve Kerr says Andre Iguodala (rest/soreness) will not play vs. Blazers. Shaun Livingston and DeMarcus Cousins (rest) did not travel. Kevon Looney will start.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 14, 2019
Feel free to discuss your thoughts on the matchup, lineups with the veterans out, or observations of the game as it happens in the comments below.