The expected became a reality in Portland on Monday.
After leaving Game 3 of the Western Conference finals with soreness in his Achilles region, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will not play in Game 4 at Moda Center on Monday night, head coach Steve Kerr announced.
Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reports that Alfonzo McKinnie will start in place of Iguodala.
Iguodala had an MRI on Sunday that came back "clean," but the two-time defending NBA champions don't want to risk losing the forward for an extended period of time.
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The Warriors holding a three-games-to-none series likely plays a role in Iguodala sitting Monday. Had the Dubs not erased double-digit deficits in Games 2 and 3, he likely would tough it out.
But with a fifth straight NBA Finals appearance looking like a sure thing, the Warriors are choosing to rest the 2015 NBA Finals MVP so that he is ready to go when the lights are brightest.
The rumors started eight days ago. All-Star point guard Chris Paul "wants out" of Houston, Stephen A. Smith reported.
Since then, there have multiple reports of chaos within the Rockets organization, one that even stated Paul's relationship with NBA MVP James Harden is 'unsalvageable.'
But on Sunday, Paul tried to put all those rumors to bed.
“I never asked for a trade,” Paul told The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen. “I never demanded a trade.”
Trading Paul would be difficult for Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. Paul still is owed more than $124 million over the next three seasons, and finding a team that can take on that kind of salary for an aging point guard would be tough.
As for the reported rift with Harden, Paul claimed he's not unhappy in his current situtation.
“I’ll be in Houston,” Paul told Feigen. “I’m happy about that. I’m very happy about that. I’m good.”
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The Rockets gave the Warriors a good battle in each of the last two postseasons. With Golden State nursing its wounds during the 2019-20 season, this might be Houston's chance to pounce and get to the NBA Finals.
We'll find out over the next few weeks if Paul is telling the truth or if the whispers of his unhappiness actually were true.
The Kawhi Leonard-Toronto Raptors marriage might not be a one-year fling after all.
Yahoo's Chris Haynes reported Sunday that the 2019 NBA Finals MVP will decline his $21.3 million player option for the 2019-20 season, but that Leonard is "seriously considering re-signing with the Raptors."
Most experts have been predicting that Leonard will bolt Toronto for one of the Los Angeles teams. But Haynes' reporting changes things a bit.
Haynes also reported that rival front-office executives view the Raptors as the favorites to land Leonard.
The Raptors can offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract, according to Haynes.
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While the Warriors likely aren't in the mood for any Kawhi-related news, considering he just ended their bid for a three-peat, they have to be excited at the thought of Leonard not joining the Pacific Division.
Leonard put on a dominating performance against the Warriors in the NBA Finals, as he averaged 28.5 points and 9.8 rebounds over the six games.