Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors: Andre Iguodala upgraded to questionable for Game 4 of Western Conference Finals

The Golden State Warriors have announced that forward Andre Iguodala has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable, after banging knees with the Houston Rockets’ James Harden in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

Iguodala, diagnosed with a later left leg contusion, underwent additional tests on Monday after the knee began to tighten up on him the night after the game. Tests revealed no structural damage, according to the Warriors.

Iguodala has been integral to Golden State’s defense this postseason, with the team having a 99.2 defensive rating with him on the floor — the same as Draymond Green. By putting Iguodala on the ball instead of Kevin Durant in Game 3, the Warriors were able to stack their two best defenders — Iguodala and Green — and held Harden to a series-low 20 points.

“When we’re right, when we’re playing how we are supposed to play, Andre’s right in the middle of it,” head coach Steve Kerr said after the game. “His defense and being smart, making good decisions. Andre is one of the guys who seems to set the tone for that for us, and I thought he did a great job of that tonight.”

Should Iguodala not start on Tuesday, Golden State has a very good backup plan in Kevon Looney.While Looney doesn’t bring Iguodala’s offensive game — Iguodala is averaging 7.9 points and 3.1 assists, while Looney is averaging 4.6 points and 1.1 assists in the playoffs  — he is more than capable defensively. Iguodala is averaging 4.9 rebounds in the postseason, and Looney — in far fewer minutes — is averaging 4.8. This series, the Warriors have an 88.4 defensive rating with Looney on the floor, and in the playoffs overall, 96.9 — both better than Iguodala’s numbers (112.0 this series, and 99.2 this postseason)Andre IguodalaGolden State WarriorsNBANBA Playoffs

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