The Golden State Warriors look in great shape as they gear up for the NBA playoffs - which start next month.
Despite their blip against the San Antonio Spurs a week or so ago, the Warriors are still chasing down the NBA regular season record held by the Chicago Bulls and don't seem to be slowing down, with no real Spurs-style player resting.
However, the playoffs is a completely different kettle of fish to the regular season and the Warriors will need all of their players to come up big when it counts. That includes Andre Iguodala, who is still out with an injury and, according to Steve Kerr, still isn't close to a return.
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Prior to the Warriors win over the Philadelphia 76ers last night, Kerr revealed that the talented defender was still "a ways away from playing" after injuring his ankle in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers earlier this month.
This is according to Marc Spears of ESPN, who tweeted out the quotes following Kerr's chat with members of the media.
In his 60 appearances so far this season, Iguodala is averaging 7.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 26.8 minutes per game. The stats aren't amazing but Iguodala does so much more than just put up numbers for Golden State.
The stats aren't amazing but Iguodala does so much more than just put up numbers for Golden State. He acts as the leader of the Warriors bench rotation, coming off the pine to shore up the GSW defense and lockdown any threats.
Iguodala will be very needed come playoff time, but if he was to not play a single minute of the rest of the regular season, then that wouldn't be a terrible thing for the Warriors. Iggy needs to be rested for the playoffs, where he'll have the unenviable task of locking down the opposition's best team as Golden State look to go back-to-back.