Golden State Warriors players are reportedly not optimistic about the chances of Andre Iguodala returning for them tonight in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals vs. the Houston Rockets.
After speaking with a few players, they didn’t sound optimistic Andre Iguodala would be playing tonight.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 24, 2018
And that feeling has been confirmed by head coach Steve Kerr.
Andre Iguodala will not play tonight. Klay Thompson will.
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) May 24, 2018
It is a nice lift that Klay Thompson will play.
Iguodala missed Game 4 with a leg injury that he suffered in the 41-point Game 3 win. The Warriors lost by just three so his absence could have definitely been the difference.
The Warriors likely feel that they blew a golden opportunity regardless after they jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the opening minutes.
Iguodala started the last few games he played as part of the Hamptons 5 lineup the Warriors have been touting. Golden State still has the tools to beat the Rockets but will have to play even better tonight with Iguodala out.