Warriors play it cautious with Durant, slide Iguodala into starting role

Kevin Durant will watch Wednesday night's game from the bench. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kevin Durant will watch Wednesday night's game from the bench. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

OAKLAND — With Kevin Durant nursing a left thigh contusion, the Golden State Warriors will start Andre Iguodala in the place of the Finals MVP for Wednesday night’s meeting with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“If this were a playoff game, he would be playing,” head coach Steve Kerr explained during his pregame press conference. “But it’s not so it makes perfect sense to give him tonight off.”

Kerr sounds highly optimistic regarding Durant’s availability for Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

“We have a couple more nights before our next game, so he should be fine — I would think — by then,” Kerr said. “Those quad bruises are painful and not something you really want to mess around with. So, We’ll be cautious about it and get him right.”

While Kerr was far from stressed regarding the KD front, the head coach was quick with a premeditated joke.

“Is everybody ready to tweet?” Kerr cracked when asked who would fill Durant’s shoes. “Andre Iguodala will start.”

Kerr then proceeded to produce a fingernail clipper from his pocket and began trimming.

“Just let me know when you guys are done.”

kbuscheck@sfexaminer.com

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