OAKLAND — While listed today as ‘questionable’ on the Golden State Warriors injury report, Andre Iguodala will not play in Saturday’s Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets.
The 34-year old forward had been a key modulator for the Warriors’ high-pace offense, and a quarterback of the defense, along with fellow forward Draymond Green. Without him in the lineup, Golden State has lost two playoff games in a row for the first time under Steve Kerr.
“He will not play,” Kerr said before the game. “Still just day-to-day. It’s a bone bruise, and those are hard to predict. Until he’s able to run without pain, you just can’t play him.”
Iguodala has been out since banging his left knee against the Rockets’ James Harden’s right knee in the fourth quarter of Game 3.
Guard Patrick McCaw — who, like Iguodala, was listed as questionable — will, however, suit up.
“He hasn’t played in a couple months, but he’s healthy enough now to suit up, and we’ll see what happens,” Kerr said.
On March 31, McCaw crashed to the floor after being undercut on a lay-up by the Sacramento Kings’ Vince Carter. He momentarily lost feeling in his legs, and upon being brought to UC Davis Medical Center, was diagnosed with a lumbar spine contusion. He began performing basketball activities on May 3.
“He’s gotten better the last couple weeks,” Kerr said.
Though McCaw has had some knee soreness due to inactivity, he did participate in “a couple” scrimmages.
“It’ll be a tough spot to put him in, in the meat of the game, with not having played for a long time, but at this point, it’s all hands on deck, obviously,” Kerr said. “You never know how the game’s going to play out. I have teammates who literally played one play in a playoff game, and made a play and helped us win a game, so you never know.”
Rockets guard Chris Paul — who picked up 20 second-half points for Houston in Game 5, helping to carry a cold (5-for-21) James Harden — is not available for the Rockets, due to a right hamstring strain suffered at the end of Game 5.
“He’ll play as soon as he can,” head coach D’Antoni said of Paul possibly playing in Game 7. “It’s not a question of trying to outsmart it. As soon as he’s able to walk or run, he’ll do it. there was no shot at it today. He’s getting treatments around the clock. The body heals at different rates, so we’ll see what happens.”
Paul traveled with the team to Oakland, and will continue receiving treatment.
“All our doctors are with us. He gets the same type of treatment, plus, he doesn’t want to miss this,” D’Antoni said. “He’s very responsible for us getting here, and he needs to be here.”
D’Antoni said that Eric Gordon — who scored 24 points on 6-of-15 shooting in Game 5 — will start in place of Paul, and that Luc Mbah a Moute would move into the rotation. The Rockets have only played seven players in each of the last two games.
“I think we know what Houston’s going to do,” Kerr said. “They played without Chris quite a bit this year, so Gordon will take over that playmaking role. I would expect them to play a couple more people. Mbah a Moute will probably get in, more Gerald Green. More than anything, I feel bad for Chris. The guy’s a phenomenal player an competitor, and pretty much willed his team the last two games. He’s been haunted by these things the last few years. I hate to see guys get hurt.”