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Warriors expect Andre Iguodala to be ready for Game 1 of Finals

Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala is nursing a left calf injury, but the Golden State Warriors anticipate him being ready to roll for the start of the NBA Finals.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters on Thursday that the team expects the veteran forward, who has yet to return to practice, to be OK for Game 1 of the Finals, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

The 35-year-old Iguodala appeared in 15 straight games to start the playoffs before the calf issue kept him out of Golden State’s series-clinching Game 4 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. The Finals do not start until May 30 however, giving Iguodala over a week to recover.

Iguodala is one of the Warriors’ most important role players and figures to be a primary defender against either Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kawhi Leonard in the Finals. This news is also especially welcome considering that Golden State is unlikely to be at full strength to start the championship round.

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