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Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala says he will play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, according to Sportsnet’s Steven Loung.
Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant will not play in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, but Andre Iguodala is expected to be available to play against the Toronto Raptors, coach Steve Kerr said Friday. Durant will continue rehabbing a right calf injury that has kept him out of the lineup since May 8. “Kevin’s not going to play Sunday,” Kerr said Friday. “I guess we’ve been sort of holding out hope, but I might as well just say it now. He’s not practicing today. We’ll have a practice tomorrow, but he’s still progressing. It’s near impossible for him to play on Sunday.”
Whenever Durant does return, Kerr does not believe it will be in a limited role. “I don’t see that,” Kerr said. “When he’s ready to play, we’re going to play him. Maybe it will be a minutes issue based on his conditioning for not having played in a month or whatever it is, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Once he’s ready to play, he’ll play. And then [Warriors director of sports medicine and performance] Rick [Celebrini] and I will discuss what a plan would be in terms of how many minutes and all that stuff.”
Iguodala, who sat out Game 4 of the Western Conference finals because of the same injury, played 29 minutes and tweaked the calf with 1:55 remaining in the Warriors’ 118-109 loss in Game 1 on Thursday. The veteran swingman limped down the floor after coming down awkwardly on his leg, but the Warriors are confident he will be ready for Game 2. “Andre had an MRI this morning,” Kerr said. “And seems to be doing well. … He said he felt pretty good.”
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala isn’t concerned about an apparent leg injury he sustained late in Thursday night’s Game 1 loss to the Raptors in the NBA Finals. “I’ll be all right,” Iguodala said. “Just bumps and bruises of the game. You can paint it as an excuse, but you have to keep going.”
Iguodala has averaged nearly 30 minutes over his last four games. Now, after a calf injury kept him out of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, Iguodala believes his health will be fine, even if his years in the league are numbered. “Just a lot of minutes and overuse. I’m old,” Iguodala said after practice Saturday.
Andre Iguodala: “It just flared up real quick, but we have a good training staff. When you’ve been playing for five long seasons, it’s bound to come up. It’s rare that you see it. It’s hard for it to be realized. My career is almost over, anyway. So I don’t really care.”
Monte Poole: Andre Iguodala (calf soreness) was held out for second straight day, per Steve Kerr. Team still expects him to be ready for Game 1 of The Finals.
Anthony Slater: Andre Iguodala didn’t practice today, but “we expect him to be OK by Game 1,” Steve Kerr said.
Chris Haynes: Golden State will start Alfonzo McKinnie in place of injured Andre Iguodala tonight at Portland, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Nick Friedell: Kerr reiterates that Alfonzo McKinnie and Jonas Jerebko will definitely get more minutes with Iguodala out tonight. Kerr won’t reveal starters until closer to game time.
Monte Poole: Update: Warriors G/F Andre Iguodala (L leg tightness) was listed as questionable and has been declared out.
Connor Letourneau: Andre Iguodala is still listed as questionable for Game 4. Expect to have an update pregame.
Nick Friedell: Warriors say MRI on Andre Iguodala’s calf injury came back clean. He is questionable for Game 4 on Monday night.
Mark Medina: Andre Iguodala to receive MRI on his left calf on Sunday. Iguodala appeared in a good mood afterwards and was not walking around with a noticeable limp. But we’ll see bayareane.ws/2YBYXsY
Nick Friedell: Andre Iguodala (knee hyperextension) is probable for Game 5, according to Steve Kerr.
Tim Kawakami: He iced it for a while after the game and had a limp when he took the wrap off, but it wasn’t too bad. Obviously the big question is how he feels when he wakes up tomorrow.
Mark Medina: Official word for tonight: Kevin Durant (flu), Klay Thompson (right knee soreness), Andre Iguodala (left toe soreness) and Andrew Bogut are all out tonight vs Pelicans
Mark Medina: Steve Kerr expects Andre Iguodala to play tomorrow in Memphis. Kerr said he hasn’t determined any rest plans yet for tomorrow
Anthony Slater: No Andrew Bogut or Andre Iguodala for the Warriors tomorrow vs Pelicans. No one else listed on current report, so I’m guessing the big rest night will come on Wednesday at Memphis.
Connor Letourneau: Andre Iguodala is out tonight. Shaun Livingston is questionable.
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr on the health of Iguodala and Livingston: “I think they’re fine. If this were a playoff game, Andre would play. … Same with Shaun. Shaun just knocked knees with somebody the other night. … I feel really comfortable with where they are health-wise.”
Marla Ridenour: NBA’s 5:30 injury report lists #Cavs’ Kevin Love (sore left shoulder) as out tonight at Golden State, along with Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins (load management), Andre Iguodala (sore left toe).
Mark Medina: Warriors ruling Andre Iguodala out for tonight vs Lakers with left toe soreness
Mark Medina: Steve Kerr said he’s not worried long term about Andre Iguodala’s injury. Being cautious with him per usual. But he’ll miss tonight’s game vs Lakers and tomorrow vs Cavs in Oakland
Logan Murdock: Andre Iguodala will play tonight
Connor Letourneau: Andre Iguodala is officially listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. Denver with left toe soreness.
Connor Letourneau: Andre Iguodala is playing tonight, and Shaun Livingston is resting.
Connor Letourneau: Like Cousins, Iguodala will be day-to-day after tonight.
Connor Letourneau: Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney are out tonight. Andre Iguodala is good to go.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr called Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala probable tonight. Both need to warm up.
Andy Larsen: Andre Iguodala is listed as questionable against the Jazz tomorrow due to hamstring tightness.
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr on Andre Iguodala’s hamstring tightness: “Yeah, it flared up at the very end, when we took him out mid-fourth-quarter.” Wants to be cautious with him.
Anthony Slater: Both Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston likely to return tomorrow vs Grizzlies.
Anthony Slater: Andre Iguodala will miss a third straight game tonight with hip tightness. Steve Kerr: “Hopefully Monday”
Anthony Slater: Draymond Green is out for tomorrow’s Bucks game with a right toe sprain. Shaun Livingston also still out. Andre Iguodala will play.
Mark Medina: Steve Kerr said Andre Iguodala’s rest night coincides with his recent knee injury. This maximizes his rest considering Warriors don’t play again until Thursday
Mark Medina: Steve Kerr said Andre Iguodala will be available tonight
Anthony Slater: Shaun Livingston out tonight in Denver with left knee contusion. Looks like Andre Iguodala will return, though. Missed last game in Utah with left calf tightness.
Monte Poole: Andre Iguodala went thru @Warriors shootaround. Says he’s feeling better. Still questionable but trending upward.
Anthony Slater: Andre Iguodala went through shootaround, told Steve Kerr he “feels pretty good.” Still questionable tonight vs Jazz.
Monte Poole: Andre Iguodala (L calf) did not practice with @Warriors today. Questionable for game at Utah on Friday.
How’s your rib? Steve [Kerr] said you got dinged up. [Iguodala missed Wednesday’s practice, but returned on Thursday for a scrimmage]. Andre Iguodala: “I get it every year. This is one thing that happens every year. My neck and back go out. If you saw me last year, I had tape across. I had [kinesio] tape on my back for 10-15 games last year. It happens every year. So I’m glad it’s happening now.”
Mark Medina: Warriors list Andre Iguodala as probable for Game 4 tomorrow vs. Cleveland
Ramona Shelburne: Andre Iguodala was seen limping at end of the first half. Warriors say it’s a contusion on his right leg, not the left one he’s been injured with. He’ll play in the second half.
Monte Poole: Andre Iguodala is AVAILABLE for Game 3 vs. Cavs. I’m told Warriors will keep a watchful eye on movements and minutes.
Melissa Rohlin: Steve Kerr said that Andre Iguodala is “likely to play” but nothing will be official until he talks to Chelsea Lane after Iguodala’s pregame workout.
Mark Medina: Andre Iguodala walked off the floor and said he feels “terrible.” He was smiling and being coy when he said it. Will he play tonight? Iguodala: “I don’t know.”
Marla Ridenour: Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Andre Iguodala will be upgraded to questionable for Game 3
Connor Letourneau: Kerr said Iguodala has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable. Said he’s hopeful that, if Iguodala can’t play Game 3, he’ll play Game 4.
On Saturday, Iguodala went through a full personal workout and sprinted for the first time since suffering a bone bruise in his left knee in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, sources said. The swingman’s status for Game 3 on Wednesday is still unknown, according to sources.
Tim Bontemps: Steve Kerr says he’s “optimistic” Andre Iguodala will play in this series, but adds “there’s no way to know for sure” how Iguodala will heal.
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr on Andre Iguodala: “Day-to-day. Each day he’s getting a little better. Still doubtful for tomorrow. Making some strides.”
Logan Murdock: Andre Iguodala on being out for Game 1: “Just trying to get back as soon as possible. Making some progress.”
Marla Ridenour: Kerr on Iguodala missing Game 1: “Some encouraging signs … we’ve got lots of guys who can take on LeBron. It’s a group effort.”
Mark Medina: Warriors already rule out Andre Iguodala for Game 1. Warriors will re-evaluate him before Game 2
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala recently got a second opinion on his injured left knee and is still trying to figure out what’s wrong, league sources told ESPN. The Warriors are officially labeling the injury a left lateral leg contusion.
The 6-foot-7 swingman plans to search for a remedy in the coming days, sources said, and his status for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers is unknown. Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, has missed the past four games after bumping knees with Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
Anthony Slater: Andre Iguodala to @TheAthletic on availability for The Finals: “I don’t know” -Pressed further: “I’m trying” -Optimistic? “I’m optimistic I’ll be alive tomorrow.” -On the pain: “They say it could go away just like that one day.” -Bone bruise? “if that’s what they say, then yes”
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr on how long he expects Andre Iguodala to be out: “No idea. No idea. It’s been day-to-day since Game 3. That’s just not an easy injury to predict in terms of the recovery.”
Connor Letourneau: Andre Iguodala will not play tonight, per Kerr.
Tim Bontemps: Steve Kerr says he will call Andre Iguodala “doubtful” for Game 7, but says he’s working around the clock to try to play in Game 7. Doesn’t seem likely that he will, though.
Ben Golliver: Steve Kerr confirms no Andre Iguodala for Game 6
Tim Bontemps: Kerr says Iguodala says he has a bone bruise, and that he remains day-to-day. Just a matter of waiting for him to be able to run without pain before he can play.
Michael Lee: Steve Kerr isn’t sure Andre Iguodala will be available for Game 6. “He’s one of our keys & we’ve missed him the last two games. But we can’t count on it. Injuries happen & we’ve just got to play with whoever is out there. So we’re hoping he’s back, we’ll see what happens.”
Connor Letourneau: Kerr said he still has “no idea” about Iguodala’s availability for Game 6.
Mark Medina: No update on Andre Iguodala. Steve Kerr said he’s improved “incrementally.” But his availability is not clear for Game 6
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August 18, 2019 | 9:06 pm EDT Update
Entering his fifth season, Richardson was involved in a five-game playoff series loss two years ago against the Sixers. There have been many other, heated games with the two teams. His biggest perception of Philadelphia as an opposing player? “The fans, man,” Josh Richardson said during Saturday’s annual Sixers Summer Shore Tour at the PigDog Beach Bar BQ in Wildwood. “The first thing you think about is how hard the fans are to opposing players. It is tough playing against that and I am excited to play on the same side of those fans.”
In looking at his new team, Richardson noted something he thought he would never see, that he will be the smallest player in the starting lineup. The rest of the projected lineup is 6-10 point guard Ben Simmons, 6-9 small forward Tobias Harris, 6-10 power forward Al Horford and 7-2 center Joel Embiid. “I have never been that ever in my life,” Richardson said about being the smallest. “This will be interesting, looking up to my teammates, talking in huddles.”
Not surprisingly, his summer has been spent working overtime on all aspects of his game. “I’ve been grinding,” he said. Smith says he has benefited from extra summer work in the weight room. The Sixers list him at 199 pounds. He said he was about 205 the last time he was weighed before the summer and now says he is 212 pounds. He hopes to become a solid rotation player. “That is the goal,” he said. “Get in the rotation and play hard and do what I do and have fun.”
August 18, 2019 | 7:41 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: The Grizzlies are granting the Los Angeles Lakers permission to speak with Dwight Howard, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Ramona Shelburne: As @VeniceMase and I discussed the other day on @ESPNLosAngeles … Dwight Howard may have left town on bad terms with some in LA. But he always had a good relationship with Jeanie Buss. Remember, Jeanie and Phil tweeting at him during the recruiting process.