With Kawhi Leonard missing from the Spurs, perhaps for good in the series, the red alert for Iguodala might not flash until the next round or whenever the Warriors feel threatened more than they are now. Perhaps the West finals and against James Harden and the Rockets? That’s the most likely scenario. That’s where this appears to be heading.
Until then, Kerr will keep Iguodala in the starting lineup against the Spurs and get, the Warriors hope, much of what he supplied in the first two games.
“The biggest thing is not being afraid to fail,” Iguodala said. “You try to embrace whatever situation you’re put in. That’s what I try to do. Being a starter, well, it’s good to switch up at times. Sometimes you get complacent in that other role. Whatever they need from me, really, is fine.”
And that role is … point guard? Actually, Iguodala’s strange promotion has more to do with his defensive mindset than his playmaking. Anyway, it’s working and the Warriors are winning and they’re doing it without one of the greatest shooters of all time.
“We’re just doing what we can until he gets back,” said Thompson. “He’s a special player and a big part of what we do, that’s obvious.”
The clock on Curry’s rehabilitation is another week or two, which would coincide with the start of the second round. Well, at this rate, by Sunday night, Curry might be joined by his teammates, who could finish off the Spurs and buy themselves an extended rest.
This series isn’t over, although it looks and feels like it is. This working out well for the Warriors.
No Curry, no worry.
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April 17, 2018 at 12:07AM