Updates from Wednesday, May 14
The Warriors' Andre Iguodala underwent a year-end physical that showed right knee tendinitis and left hip soreness, but he won't need surgery at this time, according to a team spokesman.
Iguodala's physical included an MRI exam as he played through the knee tendinitis in the playoffs that caused him to miss six games in his first season with the Warriors after signing a four-year, $48 million contract.
Updates from Friday, April 4
Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle provides an update on Andre Iguodala's status:
Mark Jackson said he expects Andre Iguodala (knee tendinitis) to play tonight, starting with O'Neal, Green, Thompson and Curry.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) April 5, 2014
Updates from Friday, Mar. 28
Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle provides an update on Andre Iguodala's return:
David Lee is out. Andre Iguodala is expected to play. Both according to head coach Mark Jackson.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) March 29, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Mar. 25
Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group provides an update on Andre Iguodala's status:
Andre Iguodala said the plan is to be back Friday.— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) March 25, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Mar. 22
Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears has an update on Iguodala's timeline:
Warriors coach Mark Jackson said that after upcoming five day layoff they are not going to rush forward Andre Iguodala (knee) back.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) March 23, 2014
For at least three games, the Golden State Warriors will have to fight for playoff position without Andre Iguodala.
According to head coach Mark Jackson, via CSN Bay Area on Twitter, Iggy will miss Tuesday night's game against the Orlando Magic, as well as upcoming contests against the Milwaukee Bucks and San Antonio Spurs, with tendinitis in his knee:
BREAKING: Mark Jackson announces Andre Iguodala out 3 games due to tendonitis.— CSN Warriors News (@CSNWarriors) March 19, 2014
The 30-year-old's numbers may not stand out in his first season with the Warriors. He's averaging just 9.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 32.8 minutes per contest.
But that's because some of his contributions don't necessarily translate to the box score. For example, he doesn't take a lot of shots.
"I can and will score," he told Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard. "But I think the one thing I learned playing this game, it comes to those who put in the work, who do it the right way. So if I were to go up there and force up shots, just because I felt like I should get more shots, it would throw off everything for the team."
Thanks to his ability to do a little bit of everything, especially play shutdown defense, Iguodala, according to Ballard, has the highest plus-minus rating in the NBA. Moreover, the Warriors are 36-18 with him in the lineup and just 5-7 when he's sidelined.
Finally, he is part of the NBA's most efficient lineup, according to Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke:
Best 5 man line-up in the NBA (min 100 minutes played) Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Lee and Draymond Green. Insane +34.6 per 100 possessions— David Locke (@Lockedonsports) March 14, 2014
There's little question that Iguodala—even if he may not win you any fantasy leagues—is one of the most integral players in the NBA, and as such, the sixth-place Warriors will be holding their breath that three games is all he misses.
Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green—not bad fallback options—will pick up minutes in his stead.