The Warriors had almost a week off from the end of their sweep against the Utah Jazz until Game 1 against the Spurs on Sunday, and Andre Iguodala did not practice much with the team in that stretch. Which is why it’s concerning that he played just 10 minutes in the first half against the Spurs and was sat the second half due to left knee soreness — that was a lot of time to rest it before this series started.
Don’t expect to see Iguodala in Game 2 on Tuesday either.
If Iguodala misses Game 2, he can have almost another week off because Game 3 isn’t until Saturday (an advantage for Kawhi Leonard as he tries to recover). The question is will that be enough time? Depends on the issue and what the MRI shows, but this seems to be something.
The Warriors can certainly beat the Spurs without him (especially if Leonard is unfortunately slowed or has to miss extended time), but Iguodala is crucial for how the Warriors like to defend the Cavaliers and LeBron James. Iguodala was the 2015 NBA Finals MVP for a reason. The Finals do not start until June 1, that’s a couple of weeks, the question is will that be enough time for Iguodala’s knee?