Report: Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson questionable vs. Rockets for Game 5
The Golden State Warriors are in the midst of a realization that taking care of business in the Western Conference finals is a lot harder than what they – and most NBA fans – probably initially thought. With the series with the Houston Rockets tied at 2-2, the Warriors could find it even more difficult to survive the conference finals following a depressing report by ESPN’s Marc J. Spears with regards to the availabilities for Game 5 of Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson.
Not good news in Warriors land. Injury report for tomorrow night's Game 5 at Houston: Andre Iguodala (left lateral leg contusion) & Klay Thompson (left knee strain) are questionable. Patrick McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) is out.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) May 23, 2018
Iguodala banged his left knee during the fourth quarter of Game 3’s decisive win over the Rockets at home. He was later ruled out of Game 4 and is now in danger of missing his second-straight game. Thompson, on the other hand, crashed to the ground in Game 4 that forced him to take a visit to the locker room. He would make a successful return to the game, but finished with only 10 points on a salty 4-for-13 shooting from the field in 39 minutes of action.
Should the Warriors lose both Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson at least in Game 5 this Thursday on the road, it’s going to be a huge punch in the gut for the defending champions. After taking a 95-92 loss to Houston on Tuesday, the Warriors have ceded the momentum to the Rockets, who will enter Thursday’s game with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games at the Toyota Center.
In case Iguodala and Thompson get ultimately ruled out, Kevon Looney, Shaun Livingston, and Nick Young are all expected to get upticks in minutes while former league MVPs Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry will have added offensive burden on their shoulders. The Warriors are 5-5 in their last 10 road games.