Andre Iguodala says ‘this time of year a**h**s get tight’
While going 7-10 in the last 17 games of the season has brought up a feeling of vulnerability with this team, sixth man Andre Iguodala believes this is where this team will show its championship mettle.
The Warriors have spent a large part of the season arguing with referees, but Iguodala believes they will let a lot more physical play go once the real stakes kick in.
“Assholes get tight,” Iguodala said, rolling his hand into a fist, according to Marcus Thompson of The Athletic.
Iguodala received a hefty three-year, $48 million deal from the team after jockeying back-and-forth, threatening to leave for the Houston Rockets, who’ve turned out to be their biggest puzzle to figure out this season.
While his numbers don’t reflect the millions, one thing is certain — the playoffs is where Iguodala earns his paycheck.
“I feel good,” Iguodala said. “I take care of my body. You gotta pace yourself for the long haul. We’ve been trying to peak at the right time. So I’m good.”
Much has been made about the Warriors “flipping the switch” for the postseason, but we have seen them gas out in the past, costing them a championship in 2016, yet learning from the mistakes the very next year to go on a prodigious 15-1 postseason run.
“When you play the game the right way, things have a way of evening out,” Iguodala said. “I do things the right way. I take care of my body. I don’t cheat the game. When you do that, the game takes care of you back. People can think I’m done. They can think what they want to think. But I know what I bring to the table. I know what I’m here for.”