Andre Iguodala might not have been a factor in Game 6 of the NBA Finals due to a back problem, but the 32-year old forward is determined to help the Golden State Warriors to secure Game 7 to put an icing on their awesome run this season and retain their crown.
Iguodala was completely a non-factor in Game 6 wherein his team needed him most as he was suffering from a back tightness. Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated over USA Today that Iguodala is doing fine and will definitely play in the final game of the NBA Finals.
Here comes Andre Iguodala…Back check time.#NBAFinals
— Matt Winer (@matt_winer) June 20, 2016
Back in Game 6, it was noted that Iguodala tweaked his back and received treatment in the locker room. His condition was a big factor as the Warriors went on to bowed to the Cavaliers 115-101, however, Kerr added that with a couple days of rest, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP has every intention of being on the floor for Game 7.
“It’s Game 7, and he’s Andre Iguodala,” Kerr said. “So he’ll be out there.”
Kerr noted that he wanted to bench Iguodala in Game 6 but the 12-year veteran has always insisted that he be put back in. It would be noted that Iguodala has been backing the “Splash Brother” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in terms of the scoring. With his inability to score and being limited defensively in Game 6, LeBron James went on a rampage finishing the game with another 41 point performance.
“I continued to talk to the trainers throughout the game. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t anything that was going to get worse. So his back was tight, but we tried to limit his minutes as much as we could. He wanted to play, and this is probably the first time I’m happy that we have two days before a game in this series. So he’ll get some treatment and be ready to roll for Game 7,” Kerr explained.
A lot of this game will depend on the health of Andre Iguodala. He's the only one who guards LeBron well. We'll see him check in now.
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) June 20, 2016
Huge, huge shot for Harrison Barnes. The Warriors need a good game from him — especially if Andre Iguodala is less than 100 percent.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 20, 2016
Kerr and the rest of the Warriors are hoping to have Iguodala back on active duty as they would try to finish the Cavaliers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on their home court.
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