It looks like the Golden State Warriors will still be short-handed for Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
As the Warriors prepare for what is surely going to be another emotional game between Golden State and the Cleveland Cavaliers, they’ll likely have to do so without their former Finals MVP. That would be because according to Kurt Helin of NBC Sports, Steve Kerr has stated that Andre Iguodala is doubtful for Game 2 on Sunday due to his lingering left lateral contusion injury:
“Kerr says Iguodala is “doubtful” for Game 2, but he was at practice doing “a few things” today.”
The 34-year-old veteran hasn’t played since Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals which took place on May 20. When Iguodala previously spoke of his injury on Wednesday prior to Game 1, he didn’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be back during the course of the NBA Finals:
“Grinding away at the process. Just trying to figure out how to just move in general. Making some progress, slower than we expected. But just being realistic, it is what it is. I don’t have too much doubt (about playing in this series). Based upon how long it’s been when it happened, I’m not that far away.”
Iguodala had started 12 of the 13 games that he appeared during this year’s postseason, starting at power forward and averaging 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game on 47.9 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Following Thursday’s eventful Game 1 which featured more drama than your typical soap opera, both teams could be short-handed once again. With Iguodala likely out for Sunday’s Game 2, the Cavaliers could be without Tristan Thompson as he faces a possible suspension due to shoving a basketball in Draymond Green’s face at the end of Game 1. Luckily for the Cavaliers, Kevin Love will be in the lineup as he’s been cleared despite leaving the bench during the Game 1 scuffle, something that is prohibited in NBA rules.
Here is what Thompson had to say regarding his ejection, which took place before his scuffle with Green, via ESPN’s Chris Haynes:
“I contested a shot that shouldn’t have been taken,” Thompson said after the Warriors won 124-114 in overtime on Thursday. “I mean, it’s like the unspoken rule in the NBA: If you’re up 10 or 11 with about 20 seconds left, you don’t take that shot. I make the contest, and next thing I know, I was being kicked out for a good contest that we learn in training camp. I don’t know why I got thrown out.”
After entering Game 1 as 12-point favorites, the largest betting favorite in an NBA Finals game over the past 25 years, Golden State is currently considered 11.5-point favorites for Game 2, despite the rather close disparity in score for the majority of Game 1.