Newly acquired small forward/shooting guard Andre Iguodala will make his regular-season debut as a Warrior and will look to ignite the Dubs’ high-powered offense with his proven scoring ability.
The Warriors picked up Iguodala from the free-agent market in what many expect to be the most effective offseason move. He came up big against the Lakers in preseason play, leading the Warriors to two consecutive wins in Beijing and registering 14 assists, seven rebounds and five steals in 29 minutes.
They’ll be without second-year talent Harrison Barnes for the first two games due to an inflamed left foot, leaving third-year hotshot Klay Thompson and Iguodala to man the 2 and 3, respectively. The trio battled for the two starting roles in the offseason, and head coach Mark Jackson declared that Thompson and Iguodala earned the starting roles regardless of Barnes’ ailment.
The key to the Warriors’ season will be staying healthy; aside from Barnes’ foot issue (he’s the only injured Warrior at this time), Curry’s ankles are always sketchy, all-star power forward David Lee hopes to avoid agitating his hip flexor tear suffered in the 2013 playoffs, and 7-footer Andrew Bogut has proven injury-prone in the second half of his eight-year career.
The Lakers have a new look this year, especially with Kobe Bryant still nursing his torn Achilles that shattered the Lakers’ championship dreams last year. Bryant tore his Achilles on April 12 in a game against the Golden State Warriors towards the end of the regular season.
The Lakers are coming off a win in their season opener yesterday against the Los Angeles Clippers in which their bench scored 76 points, the most since 1988. They’ll look to continue their historical dominance over the Warriors with a true team effort.
Warriors: PG Stephen Curry, SG Klay Thompson, SF Andre Iguodala, PF David Lee, C Andrew Bogut
Lakers: PG Steve Nash, SG Steve Blake, SF Nick Young, PF Shawne Williams, C Pau Gasol