OAKLAND — Andre Iguodala suffered back spasms in Game 6 and it showed. The guy tasked with guarding LeBron James most of the night was playing very vertically, not getting low, and was running like the 50-year-old at YMCA pickup. LeBron torched him.
Iguodala did not practice with the team Saturday but will play Sunday in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
“We had a light practice that he did not take part in,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He got treatment instead. And he should be good to go tomorrow. He’s feeling pretty well. Hopefully another 24 hours and he’ll be even better….
“It’s Game 7 and he’s Andre Iguodala, so we know he’ll be out there.”
The term the Warriors are officially using is “progressing well.”
“‘I’ve been getting treatment around the clock,” Iguodala said. “The training staff have been doing a helluva of a job, just making sure I’m good. I just had a really long flight, and it just kind of built up on me a little bit. But the staff has done a great job.”
This was something that flared up unexpectedly Iguodala said, which anyone who has had back issues will tell you happens. He said it slowed his ability to get up and down the court, or be explosive trying to do things such as grab rebounds.
Last season’s Finals MVP was careful not to use his back as an excuse.
“I don’t think anyone’s 100 percent,” Iguodala said of the long playoff grind that follows 82 regular season games. “Being an athlete for a long time, you understand you’re going to have some bumps and bruises. You don’t want to use it as an excuse, so you tell yourself you’re fine. You go all out and do what it takes to help your team win.”
An Iguodala who is moving well will go a long way to helping the Warriors win Sunday.