It wasn't a typical night for the Warriors, as the team shot out to a 28-13 lead in the first quarter and maintained a huge lead throughout. Iguodala played 25 minutes off the bench during his sharpshooting performance, delivering his second straight double-digit performance but only his third such performance of the season. He also kicked in three rebounds and one assist in the win. The Warriors are set to take on the Thunder Sunday.
"I thought (Iguodala's rough night against the Spurs) was just one of those games," Kerr said. "The Phoenix game, I didn't use him the right way. I wore him down a little bit on the second night of a back-to-back. But he was brilliant against Houston. His defense changed the game for us.
"It's part of being in the NBA. There are ups and downs. I'm not worried about Andre at all. He's one of our captains. He's one of our smartest players. We're figuring out some things, though. We're new together, and we're trying to play with some different rotations."
Iguodala scored just three points in 53 mintues over his last two games while adding five rebounds and two assists. He'll look for a bounce-back performance Thursday against the Nets.
At the Fantasy Basketball Today blog Wednesday, I took a look at a handful of players who have gotten off to slow starts to the season, to see how Fantasy owners should handle them. Among the toughest to gauge is
"The Warriors have had a lot of trouble getting production from the bench since last season, and new coach Steve Kerr thought he might address that by moving Iguodala there. That has been a disaster so far, as the team's second unit, led by Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, have struggled mightily. Iguodala's production has cratered so far, and his per-minute numbers are down across the board as well. He might move back to the starting lineup at some point, but at this point, I'm not even sure that can save him. He hasn't looked right since the first half of last season."
Iguodala is probably still worth rostering, and if the owner who has him in your league wants to get rid of him, he might be worth a flier. But you won't want to give up anything of value at ths point.
Wearing a protective mask over his broken nose, Iguodala piled up eight assists without a turnover Tuesday night in a lopsided defeat of the Lakers. And though Kerr has mentioned him as a probable starter, he liked what he saw from Iguodala in a reserve role.
"I thought Andre was brilliant, and I don't know that (coming off the bench is) the route we're going to go, but he solidified that unit, and our lead went up when he subbed in, which was encouraging," Kerr told InsideBayArea.com.
Iguodala tried to take a mature mental and emotional approach. "It's just growing up, being smart about the situation," he said. "You could do the opposite and kind of just tank it just to say that it's wrong. But like I said, our whole focus with this team is to try to continue to improve and make the most of our unit, and we have so much depth, there are opportunities for us to get where everybody wants to be."
Iguodala averaged 9.3 points in 32 minutes per game last season. It was his lowest scoring output since his rookie season.
Iguodala suffered a broken nose during an exhibition game, but said he was going to play through the injury. Iguodala averaged 9.3 points per game with the club last season.
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