Andre Iguodala went down with a head injury late in the second quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.
Iguodala was guarding Kawhi Leonard with under four minutes remaining in the first half. Not only did he turn his left ankle trying to change directions, but he also rammed into Marc Gasol, who screened him.
Iguodala went down with his hand on his head. His Golden State Warriors took a timeout so he could get off the floor and receive medical attention.
Iguodala ended up walking off the court and into the locker room despite time remaining in the half.
The Warriors veteran entered Game 2 on shaky ground after leaving Game 1 with a leg injury. He had three assists in 12 minutes before leaving Game 2.
Andre Iguodala appeared to aggravate his leg injury toward the end of the Golden State Warriors’ Game 1 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, but the veteran swingman is expected to be available for Game 2.
The Warriors announced on Friday that Iguodala underwent an MRI and it came back clean.
Iguodala was seen grabbing his left leg after making a hook shot with just under two minutes remaining in Game 1. The 35-year-old has been dealing with a left calf injury that kept him out of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, and it’s possible he could be playing through some pain for the remainder of the NBA Finals.
The Golden State Warriors added injury to the insult of losing Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night in Toronto.
Andre Iguodala appeared to aggravate a leg injury in the final two minutes of the Golden State Warriors’ 118-109 defeat to the Raptors.
Iguodala made a hook shot inside to make it 111-103 with 1:55 left. He was grabbing his left leg right away.
Iguodala was replaced by Alfonzo McKinnie at the next chance about 30 seconds later.
The 35-year-old has been dealing with a left calf injury that kept him out of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against Portland. The injury was not enough to keep him out of Thursday’s game, but him leaving the game early indicates he may have pushed himself back too quickly.
Iguodala had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in 29 minutes. He’ll have two full days off before Game 2 on Sunday.
The NBA Finals matchup is finally set, and it provides an intriguing matchup between the ultra-experienced Golden State Warriors and a Toronto Raptors team that has finally broken through after running into multiple LeBron James-shaped walls in previous attempts. There’s certainly an experience gap and, at least at the top levels, a talent gap between these two teams. But this is not a slam dunk for Golden State by any measure.
Which players will step up for each team? Here are the ten players who will likely decide which team can claim the NBA title this season.
10. Andre Iguodala, Warriors
Iguodala is expected to play in Game 1 despite a calf injury. While he’s certainly not Golden State’s biggest star, he probably profiles as the team’s most important role player. His defensive play in Game 2 against Portland was one of the biggest moments of the Western Conference Finals. Iguodala isn’t a huge scorer, but he’s a quality defender and one of the prototypical glue guys that teams like Golden State need. Expect him to get some key defensive assignments against Toronto.
Andre Iguodala’s status for the NBA Finals is another question for the Golden State Warriors, but he says he’ll be ready.
Iguodala said, “God willing,” that he’d be able to suit up for Game 1 despite soreness in his calf, blaming the injury somewhat jokingly on his age.
“Just a lot of minutes and overuse. I’m old,” Iguodala said, via Mark Medina of Bay Area News Group. “It just flared up real quick, but we have a good training staff. When you’ve been playing for five long seasons, it’s bound to come up. It’s rare that you see it. It’s hard for it to be realized. My career is almost over, anyway. So I don’t really care.”
Iguodala added he is feeling “good,” though he has not practiced in the last three days.
The Warriors have no real fears about Iguodala’s Game 1 status. It doesn’t seem that he does either, so expect to see him play when the Finals start up.
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.
The Golden State Warriors got good news on the status of Andre Iguodala on Sunday.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Iguodala underwent an MRI on his leg, which caused him problems in Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers. That MRI came back negative, and the team officially listed him as questionable for Game 4 with what has been described as an Achilles injury.
As good as the Warriors are, they can only absorb so many injuries. With Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins already sidelined, they can’t really afford to lose Iguodala, who has stepped in ably with some big plays during the Western Conference Finals. The good news is, with a 3-0 series lead, Golden State does not desperately have to rush him back.
Andre Iguodala will undergo an MRI on his left leg on Sunday due to an injury issue.
Iguodala left Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Saturday night midway through the first quarter due to a mysterious injury issue and returned a quarter later. He came out for good in the third quarter.
His Golden State Warriors won the game 110-99 to take a 3-0 lead on the Portland Trail Blazers. After the game, Steve Kerr said Iguodala had some soreness in his left leg and would undergo the MRI.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported after the game that Iguodala has been dealing with an Achilles’ tendon issue.
Iguodala played just 18 minutes in the win, the fewest amount of minutes he’d played in any single game during this postseason. The 35-year-old is averaging 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.2 steals per game this postseason. He was instrumental in the team’s series win over Houston and helped seal the Game 2 win over Portland.
Andre Iguodala did not appreciate what he may have felt was an invasion of his privacy on Saturday night.
Iguodala left Game 3 of the Western Conference finals between his Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers with 4:45 remaining in the first quarter. A few minutes later, ESPN showed him going into the locker room. When Iguodala noticed the camera, he flipped it off.
The video is below but contains the inappropriate gesture.
Iguodala finally re-entered the game with 6:08 left in the second quarter after missing nearly 11 minutes of basketball time.
The Warriors veteran began the game 0-for-3 shooting. He has been a big factor in the team’s postseason success and had the game-clinching play to end Game 2.
Last 2 Minute reports are often used to rip on NBA referees, but the league’s release of the report from Game 2 of the Golden State Warriors-Portland Trail Blazers series indicates that they got a tough call right in the decisive stages.
According to the L2M report, Andre Iguodala’s game-sealing strip of Damian Lillard was not a foul, and the referees were correct in not calling it, stating that the contact on Lillard was “marginal.”
Lillard had pointed out that he felt there was “a lot of contact” on the play, but had refused to blame the referee for not deciding the game with his whistle.
Ultimately, the L2M report doesn’t even back Lillard’s assertion. They saw minimal contact, and there can be no complaints from Portland, though they didn’t really offer any serious ones anyway.