The Golden State Warriors have managed to take a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals despite the absence of Kevin Durant. The Warriors could be without another key player when they attempt to close out the series in Game 4, as Andre Iguodala suffered an apparent calf injury in Game 3 on Saturday night.
However, Iguodala’s MRI came back negative, and he is listed as questionable:
Warriors say MRI on Andre Iguodala’s calf injury came back clean. He is questionable for Game 4 on Monday night.
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Iguodala has continued to prove why he is one of the most invaluable pieces of Golden State’s dynasty.
The 15-year veteran averaged just 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists in only 13 starts during the regular season, but he has taken his game to the next level in the playoffs.
Iguodala has started in nine of Golden State’s 15 playoff games, averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting over 52 percent from the field and 37 percent from beyond the arc. He has proven to be a rugged defender, frustrating the likes of James Harden and Damian Lillard and even securing the game-winning steal against Lillard in the final seconds of Game 2.
As a former NBA Finals MVP and three-time champion, Iguodala is quietly building a decent Hall of Fame resume. Although his days with the Warriors have hardly been as prolific as his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, he has readily accepted a move into a role as sixth man while still proving to be one of the most impactful players come playoff time.
The Warriors would be glad to have Andre Iguodala for Game 4, but will also likely prioritize his health with a 3-0 lead already in hand.