Golden State will go for the sweep in Portland to book its ticket to the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year
Published 12:30 PM, May 20, 2019
Updated 12:30 PM, May 20, 2019
STEP UP. Andre Iguodala has played a key role for the Golden State Warriors, especially after Kevin Durant went down with an injury. File photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP
LOS ANGELES, USA – Golden State’s Andre Iguodala is “questionable” for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals as the Warriors seek to sweep the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, May 20 (Tuesday, May 21, Philippine time).
Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, exited in the 3rd quarter of a 110-99 comeback victory over the Trail Blazers, which gave the Warriors a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
He played just 18 minutes, contributing 2 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
“We didn’t want to risk anything and put him back in the game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
On Sunday, the team said an MRI exam on Iguodala’s left calf was “clean” and Iguodala will receive treatment in hopes of a quick return to action.
The Warriors are already without superstar Kevin Durant, who has already been ruled out of Game 4 with a calf strain, and DeMarcus Cousins, who is recovering from a torn quadriceps muscle.
“Injuries are part of the game, but we have guys who are capable and can step up,” Warriors star Stephen Curry said.
“We’ve been here before. Guys that are out on the floor know how to play, know how to win and know how to make winning plays and aren’t afraid of anything.”
Iguodala is averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 29.4 minutes in 15 games in these playoffs.
Kerr said the Warriors would “have to have more minutes” from reserve Alfonzo McKinnie in Iguodala’s absence.
“We’re confident he can do the job,” Kerr said.