Andre Iguodala was named Finals MVP in large part because he did as good a job as anyone was going to when asked to slow down LeBron James.
“I’ve been preparing for the moment for 11 years now,” Iguodala said of defending LeBron (who still put up historic numbers). “I’ve seen him every year I’ve been in this league. LeBron doesn’t have any weaknesses, or he doesn’t have a glaring weakness. So you’ve got to pick up on the smaller things to try to make him uncomfortable. Like knowing which side he likes to shoot threes off the dribble, which side he likes to drive. One side he’ll drive left more often, and the other side he’ll drive right more often.”
More than just the defense, Iguodala got the hardware for his offense. When the Warriors went small the reason was to expose Cavaliers’ center Timofey Mozgov defensively, and you can see in this highlight package how Iguodala did that. Mozgov wants to hang back and protect the rim, and when Draymond Green or other Warriors drove right at him Mozgov did his job well. But if you can knock down threes, or even nice 18 footers, he will give those to you rather than come out. And when he does come out to cover more on the perimeter, the lane opens up.
Iguodala rightfully fully enjoyed the celebration after the game. He had earned it.