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Gobert explains why he left Iguodala open for crucial 3-pointer

Warriors

"Fate of the universe on the line, open shot ... I want Iguodala taking that shot for me."

Max Kellerman's famous Andre Iguodala quote came to fruition Saturday night in the Warriors' 123-116 win over the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena.

OK, maybe not quite to that level, but nevertheless, Iguodala hit an open 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to help seal Golden State's impressive win.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who guarded Iguodala on the play, later explained why the Warriors star was so open at a crucial moment.

"In basketball, you have to play the percentages," Gobert told reporters after the game. "Obviously, I try not to give him the easiest shot, so I closed out on him. He had to make a pump-fake, and then he shot it. Everybody knows when you shoot like that, it's not the easiest of a shot, but he made it. Once again, you've got to give him credit.

"My role was to make sure he's not about to hit somebody on a backdoor, or if he hands it off to Steph [Curry] I'm able to help. In basketball, you can't guard everything. You've got to give something away. We chose to give that away, and he made us pay, so credit to him."

Iguodala had noticed Gobert playing off him throughout the game, and he took advantage of it at the perfect opportunity.

 

"It was interesting," Iguodala said. "I normally don't have too many threes like that this year. I hadn't had a rhythm draining threes in-game, but then in practice, I was shooting well. ... I knew Rudy [Gobert] was guarding me, [and] he had been playing off all night. I knew the option would be there at some point. I just took advantage of it."

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Iguodala is shooting an uninspiring 23.9 percent from 3-point range so far this season, but he's still the same player who hits big shots when they matter most.

Even without the fate of the universe on the line. 

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