Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told media at shootaround on Wednesday that forward Andre Iguodala will be a game-time decision for Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
“I think there’s a good chance he’ll play,” Kerr said. “I don’t know how many minutes he’ll be able to play, but he’s been feeling pretty good the last two days, made a lot of improvement from where he was, so it’s all leaning in the right direction.
Iguodala, who won the 2015 NBA Finals MVP award largely for defending LeBron James, has been out ever since the end of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals with a bone bruise in his left knee, officially a left lateral leg contusion. According to reports, Iguodala participated fully in practice for the first time on Tuesday, and in shootaround on Wednesday.
Over the first two games of the Finals, James has shot 55.8 percent from the field, 45.5 percent from three-point range, and averaged 40 points, 1.5 steals, 8.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists.
JaVale McGee was able to slow him down for six minutes at the start of the third quarter of Game 1, and for much of Game 2, but having Iguodala back would be a huge boost for the Warriors’ defense, as well as for the offense.
Guarding James in the first game hampered Kevin Durant, who went 8-for-22 from the field. He had more energy with McGee taking over main guarding duties in Game 2, going 10-of-14 from the field.
By adding Iguodala — a lifetime 46.5 percent shooter who averaged six points and 3.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game during the regular season — to the mix, Golden State would add a better shooter than McGee, Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney, Shaun Livingston or Quinn Cook, as well as a better defender on James.
Before he went down, Iguodala was averaging 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in the playoffs.