Andre Iguodala was a surprise starter for the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, and after a slow start, the team was rewarded for its decision.
Iguodala led all scorers with nine first-quarter points, and Golden State led 31-24 after the first 12 minutes.
But no player is perfect, and Iguodala was victimized by James Jones of all people in transition, when Jones got the better of him by coming away with a surprisingly athletic blocked shot.
It impressed Iguodala so much that he reached out to slap hands with Jones, but Jones didn’t appear to be interested in accepting the gesture.
The Warriors changed their starting lineup to go small in Game 4, subbing out Andrew Bogut in favor of Andre Iguodala.
In the game’s first few minutes, the Cavaliers were taking full advantage.
Tristan Thompson was dominating the boards even more than we’ve seen him do to this point of the series, and the Warriors defense was helpless to stop Timofey Mozgov on this play, where LeBron James found him with a ridiculous no-look pass which Mozgov was able to convert for the highlight reel slam.
The Knicks have the fourth overall pick in the June 25 NBA Draft, but it’s both a blessing and a curse.
The top three players are widely projected as being predetermined to be selected (in some order): Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell.
After that, there are few if any sure things, and it gets murky pretty fast. Perhaps that’s why New York seems to be taking a good look at a wide variety of prospects, with Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky reportedly up next.
Marc Berman of the New York Post:
The best player in college basketball, whom some Knicks fans would like to see them trade down in the draft in order to snatch, 7-foot senior Frank Kaminsky, is tentatively scheduled to meet with the club next Tuesday and Wednesday in New York, according to a league source.
Talks are taking place to finalize the visit. Kaminsky, the Naismith College Player of the Year, who led Wisconsin to the NCAA title game, interviewed with Knicks president Phil Jackson last month at the Chicago combine. Kaminsky, pegged at No. 8 to Detroit in a recent DraftExpress.com mock draft, told Jackson: “I’m 22 years old and I get treated like I’m 65 going into the NBA.’’
Kaminsky wouldn’t need to be selected as high as four if the Knicks decide they’re interested, and given the fact that they’ve looked at guys like Trey Lyles and Cameron Payne, it’s clear New York remains open to trading down if the guys they would need to grab at four are, in the team’s eyes, not impressive enough.