For a Golden State Warriors team that has struggled recently in part due to injuries, they may see a welcome relief tonight.
According to Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area, Andre Iguodala may be available for “limited minutes” when the Warriors take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Iguodala has been out since Nov. 22, when he suffered a left hamstring strain in a loss to the Lakers.
Whether he returns tonight or not, it is clear that the Warriors will be receiving one of their key players back real soon, and that can only mean good things for a team that has gone 5-7 since Iguodala’s injury and slipped down to ninth in the Western Conference.
Iguodala provided so much for the Warriors in that he was the team’s best defender, could handle the ball, and did all the little things that are often taken for granted. Thus, it’s no surprise that Golden State has been allowing more points since his absence. Stephen Curry is also being worn down, since he has to handle the ball for most of the game. And perhaps most importantly, the rotation is altered and it hasn’t brought good results. Head coach Mark Jackson has turned to guys such as Draymond Green, Marreese Speights, and even Kent Bazemore to fill Iguodala’s void — Green getting the biggest vote of confidence — and none of those three provide anything close to what Igoudala can do.
His numbers are reminiscent of a player who does it all, averaging 12.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 13 games.