Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala is expected to play in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, coach Steve Kerr said Saturday. Iguodala labored through Game 6 because of back pain, and did not look like the same player who won Finals MVP a year ago and played superb individual defense against Kevin Durant and LeBron James over the past month.
"We had a film session and a walkthrough and then once we were finished with our walkthrough, he got treatment and we had a light practice that he did not take part in," 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."
Iguodala played just 30 minutes on Thursday and had to spend some time in the locker room. Kerr does not know whether Iguodala would be on a minutes limit in the deciding game.
"Not as of now," Kerr said. "But we'll see how he's feeling tomorrow. But it's Game 7, and he's Andre Iguodala, so we know he'll be out there."
By now, the whole basketball world understands how valuable Iguodala is to the Warriors on both ends of the floor. He is particularly important on defense, and Golden State needs him to be close to his normal self again. There is no doubt that Iguodala will be mentally ready for this challenge, but he has to hope that his body doesn't betray him.