Warriors' Andre Iguodala Out for NBA Finals Game 2 vs. Celtics with Knee Injury

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJune 5, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 2: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles the ball during Game One of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 2, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors listed forward Andre Iguodala as out for Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics on Sunday because of right knee inflammation.

Iguodala had seven points and three assists in 12 minutes during the Warriors' 120-108 loss to the Celtics in Game 1 on Thursday. That was his first on-court action since April 24, which marked Game 4 of the Warriors' first-round matchup against the Denver Nuggets. He had been out because of a disc injury in his neck since then.

The question now is what Warriors head coach Steve Kerr does with Iguodala's minutes. John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game provided some ideas:

John Dickinson @JDJohnDickinson

Will be interesting to see if Gary Payton II moves into Iguodala's rotation slot or if this opens up door for Steve Kerr to play Moses Moody or Jonathan Kuminga. And of course, you can never rule out possibility for Steve Kerr going to Damion Lee. <a href="https://t.co/e0wTxzEDnv">https://t.co/e0wTxzEDnv</a>

Kerr told reporters Saturday that guard Gary Payton II, who says he's ready to go after missing over a month with a left elbow fracture, would be available to play:

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM

Andre Iguodala is listed on the most recent injury report as OUT with right knee inflammation. Steve Kerr said yesterday he anticipates Gary Payton II will be available for more than just special circumstances after not playing in Game 1.

The Warriors are attempting to bounce back from a brutal Game 1 loss that featured the Celtics outscoring the Warriors 40-16 in the fourth quarter. Boston hit 21 of 41 three-pointers, including 6-of-8 from Al Horford.

Now the Dubs will have to play without Iguodala as they host Boston for Game 2 on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET in San Francisco's Chase Center.