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Draymond tweets he ‘called’ Iguodala’s vintage D vs. Bucks

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Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green
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When you work alongside someone for six years, chances are you'll know their tendencies pretty well.

Draymond Green said that was the case Tuesday, tweeting to Warriors teammate Steph Curry that he "called" Miami Heat forward Andre Iguodala's strip in Game 5 of a second-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

With just over nine minutes remaining in the Heat's eventual 103-94 win, Iguodala knocked the ball loose from Bucks All-Star Khris Middleton and into the hands of Heat big man Bam Adebayo. It might or might not have been the play Green "called," but it nonetheless should be a familiar sight from the Warriors' dynastic run.

Green and Iguodala played together from 2013 through 2019, and the former is familiar with the latter's big-time defense. The pair appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals and won three championships alongside one another. Iguodala was First Team All-Defense in 2013-14 and won Finals MVP the following season.

The Warriors missed Iguodala's defensive versatility this season after trading him to the Memphis Grizzlies last offseason in order to clear salary-cap space. Golden State was 15-50 when the NBA suspended its season in March due to the coronavirus, and the Warriors ranked 26th in defensive rating (113.8) and 28th in effective field-goal percentage allowed (55.3 percent) without Iguodala.

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Iguodala was traded to the Heat in February, and scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out two assists in the Heat's series clincher against the Bucks. He's headed to his sixth consecutive Conference finals appearance, and could become one of the few players in NBA history to make the Finals six straight years if Miami beats the Boston Celtics or Toronto Raptors in the next round.

 

Don't rule out Green "calling" that, either.