Apr 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Andre Iguodala (9) with the ball as Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) defends during the first half of game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Iguodala's Return Highlights Warriors' Visit to Denver: Game Preview


George Karl was not very pleased with Andre Iguodala allegedly being “the mole” during the Warriors’ playoff series victory over the Nuggets last season.

Nuggets fans were certainly even more upset when Iguodala signed with Golden State as a free agent, and they certainly won’t let him forget about it tonight. Iguodala will make his first visit back to Denver as the Warriors take on the Nuggets on Monday night at the Pepsi Center, and you can bet the boo-birds will be ready to make their voices heard.

Iguodala’s return overshadows a matchup between two teams fighting for positioning in the tight and competitive Western Conference. The Nuggets (14-12) currently hold the eighth seed, but are just mere percentage points ahead of the Warriors (15-13).

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Points per game: 103.0 (T-9th)
  • Field goal percentage: 46.2% (9th)
  • 3-point percentage: 40.2% (T-2nd)
  • Opponents’ field goal percentage: 43.1% (T-3rd)
  • Rebounds per game: 45.9 (T-3rd)
  • Turnovers: 16.9 (29th) 

Nuggets

  • Points per game: 101.2 (14th)
  • Field goal percentage: 44.3% (20th)
  • 3-point percentage: 35.0% (18th)
  • Opponents’ field goal percentage: 43.5% (T-7th)
  • Rebounds per game: 46.6 (2nd)
  • Turnovers: 14.1 (10th)

Injury Report

DENVER: Faried (sprained ankle) is day-to-day; Danilo Gallinari (knee) and JaVale McGee (stress fracture, left tibia) are out.

GOLDEN STATE: Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery), Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth metacarpal fracture, right hand) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.

Good to Know

Perhaps it is the high altitude that is problematic for so many visiting teas, but the Warriors do not fare well in Denver. They are 2-16 in their past 18 visits to the Pepsi Center.

Probable Starting Lineups

DENVER (14-12)

  • F Wilson Chandler
  • F Kenneth Faried
  • C J.J. Hickson
  • G Randy Foye
  • G Ty Lawson

GOLDEN STATE (15-13)

  • F Andre Iguodala
  • F David Lee
  • C Andrew Bogut
  • G Klay Thompson

Game Info

Tip-off: 6:00 PM (PST)

Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

TV: LOCAL

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