Warriors’ Andre Iguodala speaks out on Kevin Durant’s condition, possible return
The Golden State Warriors are keeping their fingers crossed about Kevin Durant’s availability for Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors tomorrow night. The 10-time All-Star has practiced with the team today and is officially listed as questionable. Andre Iguodala recently gave his sentiments regarding Durant’s situation, In an interview with The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, while Iggy wants the superstar to suit up for the Dubs, he also believes that KD doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone.
“I’ve been there as well. Somebody asking if you’re going to play every day. That wavers on your spirit. But nobody cares about that. All they care about is the bottom line. That’s all we all care about. That can waver on your spirit. I just want him to be in a good place. If he’s capable and goes out there with confidence, (then do it). But if he’s not, why try to prove anything to anyone else and try to sacrifice your body when it’s not in a place to do that? But that’s just the way sports goes sometimes.”
Iguodala has been dealing with various injuries throughout the course of the Warriors’ five straight Finals appearances, and he usually played through them. However, there were times when he really had to sit out because of the severity of his condition. One thing that Iggy learned is that the decision to play or not to play lies on him and the team’s medical staff, not on the fans or the media. And that’s what he wants Durant to learn; not to give in to the pressure that’s coming from people that’s from the outside looking in.
The Warriors are on the brink of elimination, as they trail the best-of-seven Finals series 3-1. If Durant is indeed available to play tomorrow night, it will give the two-time champions a bigger chance of extending their playoff run.