The Golden State Warriors will be without one of the best defensive players for the next few games, as coach Mark Jackson announced that Andre Iguodala will miss three games with right knee tendonitis.
Jackson said that Iguodala has been bothered by the tendonitis for the last few games, and that it would be best for him to rest up for the next few days.
The Warriors seem to be making a calculated decision, as their next two games (at home against the Magic and Bucks) are winnable. Iguodala will, however, miss a matchup with the Spurs on Sunday where they could surely use him.
This is the right decision by the Warriors to have Iguodala rest up now, since they need him to be 100 percent for the playoffs. Plus, tendonitis is no joke. It is a lingering injury that will only get worse if he tries to push through it and keep playing. The only way to get rid of tendonitis is to decrease any physical activity, ice and compress the spot, and get plenty of rest.
Iguodala is averaging 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game this season in what has been a mildly disappointing one for fans expecting more offense out of their offseason acquisition. He has not looked the same since returning from a hamstring strain in December, and this news we’re hearing now is one of the reasons why.
Harrison Barnes will take Iguodala’s spot in the starting lineup tonight against the Magic. Andre Bogut, who tweaked his ankle on Sunday night against the Trail Blazers, will also sit out, moving Draymond Green into the lineup. Thus the Warriors’ starting five will look like this:
- F – Harrison Barnes
- F – Draymond Green
- C – David Lee
- G – Klay Thompson
- G – Stephen Curry