Steve Kerr reveals Andre Iguodala's expected injury return date

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Fresh off the back of a 102-94 victory over the Washington Wizards - their 67th win of a potentially historic season - you'd think the Golden State Warriors' playoff preparations couldn't get much better.

Well, unfortunately for those teams tasked with plotting the reigning NBA champions' downfall in the coming weeks, they just did thanks to comments from the Dubs' head coach, Steve Kerr.

That's after Kerr confirmed, via ESPN's Marc Stein, that the Warriors are likely to welcome back Andre Iguodala from injury in about one week's time.

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Iguodala has been out of the Golden State rotation since March 11 with an ankle injury and has missed the last nine games as a result. 

On the surface, the Warriors have coped well without the veteran, going 8-1 in his absence with their only defeat coming at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs.

Key figure

However, the team has suffered defensively whilst being unable to call upon the 2015 Finals MVP. As noted by CBS Sports, without Iguodala on the court, GSW has been allowing 104.4 points per 100 possessions. That is four points more than their season average.

With just over two weeks to go before the 2016 playoffs begin, getting Iguodala back on the court in the next seven days is a big boost for the franchise. Having him fit, healthy and back in the swing of things by the time of the Warriors' first-round series will make the reigning champs an even more formidable opponent.

Relishing the bench role he was handed before the 2014-15 campaign, Iguodala is one of the Warriors lynch pins. His defensive work, not to mention a recently acquired ability to shoot the three, makes him the ideal man to lead the Dubs' second unit. 

In 60 appearances this season, the Illinois native is averaging 3.4 assists (third-most on the roster) and 7.3 points in 26.8 minutes of action.

Fully fit

Reports also suggest that backup center Festus Ezeli is primed for a return after missing the last 28 games following knee surgery, meaning Golden State will likely head into the postseason at full strength.

Considering the regular season they have produced - Kerr's team are now just seven games from besting the Chicago Bulls' 72-10 record - that is a scary thought for the rest of the Western Conference, and beyond.

In terms of the immediate future, if the one-week prognosis is correct, that puts Iguodala in line to return to the hardwood in time for the Warriors' home clash against the Spurs on April 7.

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