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20:35  20 may  2019
20:35  20 may  2019 Source:   warriorswire.com

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Despite Golden State riding high after its Game 3 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors may have suffered yet another injury.

Forward Andre Iguodala, the man who made the game sealing steal from Blazers guard Damian Lillard in the closing moments of Game 3, suffered a calf injury during the game.

Iguodala is officially listed as questionable with calf tightness.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the MRI performed Sunday morning came back clean. This leads many to believe the injury status is precautionary. But the possibility for Iguodala to miss time brings up an interesting debate:

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Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) blocks the three-point shot attempt by Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the fourth quarter in game two of the Western conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors could be without veteran Andre Iguodala when they take the court for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals . Iguodala is listed as questionable for Monday's game after leaving Game 3 early with calf tightness, the team announced. He underwent an MRI on Sunday, which came back

Should the Warriors play him Monday night, give the team a better chance of beating Portland and benefit from 10 days of rest prior to the NBA Finals?

Or, should the team rest the 2015 NBA Finals MVP and risk a loss that would limit the team's pre-Finals rest days to eight days at the most (depending on how long it takes the Warriors to close the series)?

Iguodala has been integral to the Warriors' postseason run, especially since Kevin Durant went down with his own calf injury against the Houston Rockets. Not only has Iguodala provided valuable defense and veteran leadership, but he has played extremely well on offense.

Iguodala's postseason offensive efficiency is 117.9, almost five points higher than his regular-season average, and he is shooting 37% from beyond the arc. Losing him would thin out an already depleted Warriors' team. Since the injury does not seem to be too serious, playing Iguodala is definitely the safer option.

Andre Iguodala to undergo MRI, reportedly has sore Achilles

Andre Iguodala to undergo MRI, reportedly has sore Achilles 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 in the fourth. His Golden State Warriors won the game 110-99 to take a 3-0 lead over 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.

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala missed Game 6 of the Western Conference finals vs. the Rockets. Iguodala has a left lateral leg contusion, causing him to miss Games 4 and 5. He sustained the contusion during Game 3 after colliding with Rockets guard James Harden in the fourth

Iguodala missed the last four games of the Western Conference finals after suffering a left lateral leg contusion and bone bruise during a collision with the Rockets's James Harden in Game 3. Golden State announced that Iguodala is "making progress" but he is still experiencing pain from his bone

Alternatively, the Warriors should be cautious when it comes to calf injuries.

What at first seemed like a harmless calf injury to Durant has kept the reigning Finals MVP on the sidelines this series. Therefore, the team cannot be too careful with so much on the line. Additionally, the team's bench has performed exceptionally well during the Western Conference Finals, with the likes of Quinn Cook, Alfonzo McKinnie and Jonas Jerebko rising to the occasion.

If coach Steve Kerr decides to hold Iguodala out and trust one of his bench players in the starting lineup, McKinnie would probably be most capable of helping the Warriors sweep the Trail Blazers.

What seems like a minor issue could have major implications for the Warriors championship run. Whether Iguodala plays or not, expect the Warriors to be ready to punch their ticket tonight to yet another NBA Finals.

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Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (9) and Houston Rockets’ PJ Tucker ( 4 ) battle for the ball in the first quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Iguodala sustained the injury late in Game 3 after bumping knees with Rockets’ James Harden on Sunday. So we’ll miss all that.”

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Andre Iguodala expected to play in Game 2 after clean MRI on leg.
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. Andre Iguodala’s MRI was clean, team says. Expectation is he will play in Game 2. — Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 31, 2019 Iguodala was seen grabbing his left leg after making a hook shot with just under two minutes remaining in Game 1.

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