Warriors’ Andre Iguodala doubtful for Game 2 vs. Cavs
The Golden State Warriors on Friday got some bad news about the status of one of their most important players.
Steve Kerr: Andre Iguodala (leg) is doubtful for Game 2.
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 1, 2018
This news is significant, and will continue to be significant as the series goes on. Iguodala, while not usually considered one of the main players on the Warriors, is the fifth and very vital member of the Hamptons Five lineup that absolutely obliterates NBA defenses.
But since the series agains the Houston Rockets, he has been out with a leg injury. Kerr has said throughout the last couple of week that his injury continues to be a day-to-day thing, which makes it difficult to put a timeline on his return.
The Warriors got lucky in many ways in Game 1. They possibly lose that game if J.R. Smith doesn’t brain fart the Cavaliers into overtime. Those types of things likely won’t continue.
And because they won’t, Iguodala will continue to sit and Kerr will be forced to play guys like Patrick McCaw and JaVale McGee, who actually gave them good minutes on Thursday.
But Iguodala is one of the team’s best perimeter defenders and slashers. He is key in the Warriors’ switching schemes. Not having him is something the Warriors don’t want to deal with for too long.
For now, it looks as though the Warriors will be without him for another game. Things could change before Sunday, but the Warriors can’t bank on that.
If Iguodala doesn’t play the entire series, this is a closer affair than most people think.