Andre Iguodala Injury: Updates on Nuggets Guard's Neck

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 10, 2013

December 18, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Andre Iguodala (9) during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at the Pepsi Center.  Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Andre Iguodala suffered a right cervical strain in Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

Dempsey tweeted on Sunday:

Dempsey added that Iguodala is currently day-to-day:

UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 8:29 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

It looks as if the All-Star break did some wonders for Iguodala's neck injury. The Nuggets' official Twitter feed notes that the star guard will be back in the lineup Tuesday versus the Boston Celtics:

Denver lost both of its games without Iguodala, so his return to the lineup will certainly be a welcomed sight.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6:45 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Once again, Iguodala will be relegated to the sidelines as the Nuggets take on the Nets. The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman tweets the news: 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 5:22 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Iguodala will be out of action for the Nuggets Tuesday game against the Toronto Raptors as tweeted by the Nuggets themselves: 

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UPDATE: Sunday, Feb. 10, at 10:28 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Iguodala is officially listed as "questionable" after suffering a neck injury on Sunday, but he says he'll be ready for Tuesday's game against the Toronto Raptors, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post:

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Iguodala, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade involving Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard in August, has not only averaged 13.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists on 45-percent shooting this season, but he's also Denver's best man-to-man defender.

What's more, the Nuggets had won their past nine games headed into Sunday's game in Boston. Iguodala has been one of several players who have blended into George Karl's system, creating great depth on the squad.

But while Denver has depth on the wings, the loss of Iguodala for an extended amount of time would most certainly hurt the team. He's by far their best natural shooting guard, and he's helped the run-and-gun Nuggets improve on the defensive side of the ball.

Andre Miller, Corey Brewer and Wilson Chandler each got extended minutes in Sunday's game when Iguodala left the floor. That would likely continue if he was to miss time.

Iguodala made the All-Defensive second team in 2011 and was named an All-Star with the Philadelphia 76ers last season. The Nuggets are hoping he can get back to the floor quickly. He will be an important player as they continue to make their push toward the playoffs. 


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