The Golden State Warriors’ medical staff is extremely busy at the moment, as injury was added to insult in their loss to the Lakers on Friday night.
Andre Iguodala left the game with a left hamstring strain in the third quarter after he attempted to go for a steal and came up limping, grabbing the back of his leg. He was in obvious discomfort as he limped to the locker room, and he will undergo an MRI on Saturday.
After the game, Iguodala told Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle that he heard a pop. “Normally, I can just run it off and it will go away, but once I heard the pop, I knew it was serious,” he said. “This one kind of worries me. I’ll take it seriously. … I’ll be back sooner than people think.”
Not exactly the words that Warriors fans wanted to hear. Golden State is already without Stephen Curry, Jermaine O’Neal, Toney Douglas, Ognjen Kuzmic, and Festus Ezeli, with all of them injured. Out of all those names, Curry is the only one who might be able to return on Saturday when the Warriors take on the Trail Blazers at home.
While the Warriors have lost back-to-back games without Curry in the lineup, it is hard to argue against the fact that Igoudala is just as important to the team. Case in point: after he left in the third quarter with the game tied 63-63, the Lakers went on a 15-0 run and put the game away. The free agent addition has proven to be a versatile, dynamic player for the Warriors, and they simply cannot afford to lose one of their key players for too long.