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Steve Kerr believes Andre Iguodala can play as long as he wants, but will he?

Steve Kerr believes Andre Iguodala can play as long as he wants, but will he?

LOS ANGELES -- Andre Iguodala has one more year left on his contract, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes the 16-year NBA veteran isn't close to being done.

"I think he can play beyond this contract if he really wants," Kerr said after practice Saturday morning. "He may not want to -- he may just go to the golf course and call it a career -- but he can keep playing if he wants."

Despite his NBA mileage, Iguodala, 34, continues to be a key contributor, averaging 10.7 points, 4.7 assists and 4.0 rebounds in the postseason, making good on the three-year, $48 million deal he signed with the Warriors in 2017.

"Not a lot of players who stay relevant deep into their careers, almost all of them have high basketball IQs," Kerr said. "He still has his athleticism. It takes him longer to warm up and longer to cool down, but it's still there."

In Game 3 of the first-round series against the Clippers, Iguodala finished with 15 points, three assists and two rebounds, helping the Warriors take a 2-1 series advantage, showing athleticism not normally seen from a player his age. 

"Some of those dunks the other night, plays he was making in the paint," Kerr said. "The guy is a remarkable athlete, and the combination of his athleticism, his work ethic and his brain is going to allow him to play." 

However, Iguodala might be out of the league sooner than his coach thinks. Last November, he told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that his NBA days could be numbered. 

“I’m going to be done soon,” he said. “I could probably play a legit five more years, but I’ll probably max out at three more after this year -- maybe three more.

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“But if I’m not here, that will weigh heavily on what I will do. I possibly have another year here -- if we win. That’s it. I know that. I’m fine with it.”

Only Iguodala knows how long he can play, but however long he wants to stay with the Warriors, it seems his coach will welcome with open arms.

Why Warriors aren't worried about Game 4's early start time in LA

Why Warriors aren't worried about Game 4's early start time in LA

LOS ANGELES -- Throughout the regular season, NBA schedule makers were good to the Golden State Warriors. 

Over the 82-game stretch, the team didn't have a start earlier than 5 p.m. local time, giving the Warriors adequate time to prepare for an opponent. 

That will not be the case Sunday in the NBA playoffs, when the Warriors and the Clippers will tip off at 12:30 pm PT for an important Game 4 matchup at Staples Center. But even with the distractions that come with Los Angeles, Warriors players and coaches alike aren't fretting the new terrain.

"It's definitely different," Warriors forward Draymond Green said after practice Saturday morning. "You get used to playing at a certain time all year and then you play at noon, it's a bit different. But nonetheless, it's still basketball, it's still two rims and a round ball. You have to do what you got to do."

While it's the first midday start for the team this season, Golden State had some curious losses during early starts -- particularly at home. Of the three losses in games starting at 5:30 p.m. PT, the Warriors fell to the lottery-bound Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks by a combined 39 points. In a 5 p.m. PT Christmas Day matchup against the LA Lakers, the defending champs lost by 26 points.

Still, Warriors coach Steve Kerr doesn't seem to be too concerned heading into Game 4. 

"We're not used to it," Kerr said. "But I think these guys are obviously young and athletic, and they'll get going. If there's a slow start, they'll figure it out and they'll get going before too long, so I'm not worried about it."

Adding to the early start conundrum is Los Angeles, a world-class city with nightlife that has struck fear into opposing coaches across the league, no matter the team. Three years ago, when the Warriors were chasing 73 regular-season wins, the 13-win Lakers handed Golden State a 17-point loss following a Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Even with that history, the champs don't see a repeat performance happening. 

"We've got to win two more times, so you can't get too relaxed and enjoy LA too much," Kerr said. "We've got to get our rest for the rest of today and tonight, and be ready to play tomorrow."

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On Sunday, no matter when the game starts, the Warriors expects the Clippers' best shot before the teams head back to Oakland for Wednesday's Game 5. Even after an impressive Game 3 performance, Golden State coaches and players alike know all too well what can happen when they're complacent.

"We haven't done anything yet," Kerr said. "Technically the series is on schedule for both teams. Even though we're up 2-1, we've had two home games, they've had one, so we have the momentum, but we have to carry that through."

Warriors find the focus that's eluded them in clobbering of Clippers

Warriors find the focus that's eluded them in clobbering of Clippers

LOS ANGELES -- For much of the regular season, the Warriors had an internal battle with complacency as they strove for their third straight NBA title. 

Routine winning streaks would be followed by curious losses on their home floor, causing worry among many observers if the Golden Dynasty was showing signs of rust. 

Complacency reared its ugly head Monday night when the champs squandered the biggest postseason lead in NBA history. On Thursday, they tore apart the Clippers, winning Game 3 132-105, once again with a goal of finding the consistent championship energy that's eluded them. 

"High energy, high focus," Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. "Tried to set the tone early in the first six minutes."

The Warriors -- like they've done each game this series -- got out to a big early lead, going up 41-24 by the end of the first quarter. Kevin Durant, who had more turnovers than shot attempts in Game 2, scored 38 points, adding seven assists and four rebounds. As Durant flexed his powers, the Warriors locked down defensively, holding the Clippers to just 37.2 percent from the field and 21.9 percent from 3-point range. 

More importantly, after giving the ball away a combined 33 times through the first two games of the series, Golden State had just 12 turnovers Thursday evening. 

"Just smart basketball," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Simple plays. No halfcourt lobs. No wild passes. It was just taking what the defense gave us, hitting singles, just continuing to play."

This season, the Warriors haven't had a problem flexing their champion-level ability; however, sustaining the necessary energy proved to be a problem. Following a 10-1 start, the Warriors finished the month of November 7-7 as internal strife threatened to end the season before it could really get going. Following the All-Star break, embarrassing home losses to the Boston Celtics and lottery-bound Phoenix Suns left many curious. 

"The reality of it is, human nature, sometimes just happens, regardless of how much you fight against it," Warriors forward Draymond Green said. "It's never because you don't want to be there. Sometimes during the regular season, I think every team goes where you just don't want to be there." 

Golden State's latest sleepwalking act came in the second half of Game 2, when the Warriors squandered a 31-point lead, letting the Clippers pull off the biggest comeback in NBA history on their home floor. The loss shocked most around the NBA world and gave the latest example of how complacency has been the team's most challenging opponent all year long.  

"I think everybody in the arena kind of relaxed just a split second. I just think everybody felt like we had that game in hand because we had a 30-point lead," Durant said. "I mean that hasn't happened in 30 years so its kind of natural for anybody to relax, even at home. But the players can't do that and I think that was a small lesson that we can learn from but our focus has been on point since late March, with the exception of like six minutes last game." 

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On Thursday, the Warriors again found themselves up 31 points midway through the third quarter, roughly the same time of the game they held advantage two days before. The coincidence prompted assistant coach Jarron Collins to tell Kerr, "it's 31" during the timeout. Luckily for the Warriors, deja vu was not in store for the champs. 

"We just keep challenging the guys, reminding of what's at stake. Sunday is the next one," Kerr said. "We can take control of the series if we can get that one. If we don't, we're in a tough spot." 

"We just got to lock in and play the next one. But I liked our approach tonight," Kerr added. "I like our chances."