During Friday’s conference call with media, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that forward Andre Iguodala is doubtful for Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
“He’s here today, and he’s done some work,” Kerr said. “He’s feeling a little bit better, but I would just probably call him doubtful for Game 2, but we’ll see how it goes.”
Iguodala, who had posited that he could be back soon during the Warriors’ practice availability on Wednesday, won the 2015 NBA Finals MVP largely for his defensive work on LeBron James. He was conspicuous by his absence in Game 1, sidelined with a left lateral leg contusion(a bone bruise on his knee) and nerve inflammation. James scored a career-playoff-high 51 points in a losing effort at Oracle Arena.
Without Iguodala — who plays the center role in the Hamptons Five lineup — the Warriors will not change their “center by committee” approach, Kerr said.
JaVale McGee had a measure of success defending James in the third quarter, but the rest of the Warriors who tried — Kevin Durant, David West, Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell — had no such luck.
“I never felt like we got him out of any sort of comfort zone,” Kerr said.
In 45 possessions against Durant on Thursday, James scored 30 points, while the Cavaliers scored a total of 57 during those possessions.
Defending James took a toll on Durant, as he went 8-of-22 from the floor, and 1-of-7 from three-point range.
James went 19-for-32 from the floor and 3-of-7 from three, while dishing out eight assists and pulling down eight rebounds. He had four of the Cavaliers 19 offensive rebounds, something Kerr said has to change if the Warriors are to avoid another nip-and-tuck game like the opener.
“A glaring weakness on film was our lack of aggression on the boards, and that’s something that we’ve got to clean up,” Kerr said.