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Steve Kerr bemoans loss of "irreplaceable" Iguodala to injury

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The Golden State Warriors came away with the W against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night, but they were forced to do it without one of their key role players. 

Andre Iguodala missed the 123-116 win with an ankle injury, and, according to ESPN, the issue is set to keep the 2015 NBA Finals MVP off the court for two weeks.

Injured in the third quarter of Friday night's win over the Portland Trail Blazers, an MRI scan confirmed an ankle sprain that will be re-evaluated in a fortnight.

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The veteran plays a key role from the bench for the reigning NBA champions and their head coach, Steve Kerr, admitted his impending absence is a big loss for the team:

"It's a big deal. It's a really big deal. Andre is so important to everything that we do,'' Kerr said on Saturday night.

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"It's not just schematically, but in terms of emotion: He settles us down...Hee's one of our guys who knows what's happening on the floor."

Iguodala is averaging 7.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per game so far this season. If he is to sit out the next two weeks that means missing a further seven games.

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Irreplaceable

As the Warriors close in on what would be a record-breaking regular season, other roster members will have to step up during the stretch.

According to Kerr, Brandon Rush and Ian Clark will be called upon to take on extra minutes. The second-year coach, though, admitted Iguodala was irreplaceable:

"We have to get the right combinations out there. But nobody's going to replace Andre. This guy was the Finals MVP and one of the smartest people I've ever been around."

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