Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has been out of commission since Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals series against the Houston Rockets. Iguodala banged his left knee against Rockets’ guard James Harden’s knee and immediately exited the game.
Golden State was hoping to have their key reserve for the start of the 2018 NBA Finals against Cleveland. But it’s not looking good right now heading into tonight’s Game 1 contest.
According to ESPN, the team is officially calling his injury a left lateral leg contusion. But the truth is that neither Iguodala nor the team knows exactly what’s wrong with his knee.
This is why the 6’7″ swingman is seeking a second opinion on his injury to diagnose the problem. He’s hoping to identify the problem and get a remedy in order to be ready as soon as possible.
His status is currently unknown heading into tonight’s game, although it’s largely believed that he won’t play.
Iguodala Tired of Missing Games
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr addressed Iguodala’s absence recently. And he said that the forward is having a difficult time after missing four straight playoff games.
“He’s frustrated,” said Kerr. “His body has not responded at this point.”
Iguodala isn’t a starter, but has remained an integral part of the Warriors’ four consecutive NBA Finals trips. He’s especially regarded for his defense and will be used to guard LeBron James when healthy.
Draymond Green Ready for Game 1
While Golden State may or may not have the services of Andre Iguodala any time soon, they caught a break with Draymond Green. The All-Star forward rolled his ankle in Game 7 against the Rockets, but will still be available for Game 1.
“I told [trainer] Chelsea Lane during the game that I rolled my ankle badly, and I don’t feel a thing right now. I know it was the adrenaline,” Green said. “After the game, wooooo.”
Green, who had 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists, limped off the court after Golden State beat Houston 102-91. He now appears to be fine, though, entering the Finals series.
Warriors Heavily Favored in 2018 NBA Finals Game 1
It’s a good thing for Cleveland that Iguodala isn’t entirely healthy right now. After all, the team is already facing long odds of winning the first game and beyond.
Our GTBets odds on Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals are as follows:
- Cleveland Cavaliers +13 (-111); +707 moneyline
- Golden State Warriors -13 (-107); -893 moneyline
- Over 215 (-104)
- Under 215 (-114)
Cleveland is a huge underdog to open the series at Oracle Arena. They have LeBron James, who’s widely regarded as the best player in the NBA. But his supporting cast is often criticized for not being a Finals-caliber team.
Golden State meanwhile, has won 15 straight games at home. And they boast a talented lineup of Green, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson. They also have arguably the league’s top bench, led by Iguodala.