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Warriors' Andre Iguodala questionable for Game 4 after 'clean' MRI

Warriors' Andre Iguodala questionable for Game 4 after 'clean' MRI

The Warriors might be rolling over the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals, but they are quickly becoming the walking wounded.

Already down Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, the Warriors announced Saturday following their Game 3 win at Moda Center than Andre Iguodala would need an MRI on Sunday for soreness in his Achilles area.

Luckily for the Warriors, it appears Iguodala's ailment isn't that serious. The team announced Sunday that his MRI came back "clean" and he is questionable for Monday night's Game 4 in Portland.

With the Dubs holding a three-games-to-zero series lead over the Blazers, it seems unlikely that Iguodala will suit up Monday.

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The Warriors are staring a fifth consecutive NBA Finals berth in the face, and they'll need to be as healthy as possible to take down either the Milwaukee Bucks or the Toronto Raptors.

Iguodala's health will be paramount in a matchup with either Kawhi Leonard or Giannis Antetokounmpo, so we wouldn't expect to see Iguodala again in this series unless absolutely necessary.

Warriors could resume practices at Chase Center within next two weeks

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Warriors could resume practices at Chase Center within next two weeks

Though no date has been set, COVID-19 precautions in San Francisco were reduced enough on Thursday for the Warriors to begin preparing a return to practices at Chase Center.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that many businesses within the city, such as the Warriors, falling under Phase 2A of her plan could return to specific activities sometime before June 15, assuming there is an approved plan.

To be clear, it’s conceivable the Warriors will return for practices as early as next week.

Shortly after the mayor’s afternoon announcement, the team issued the following statement as a response:

“Once we receive approval by the County Health Officer, we plan to open our practice facility for voluntary workouts with our players. In doing so, we will follow all health and safety protocols and procedures implemented by the NBA, the City and County and our own additional Covid-19 measures.”

Mayor Breed’s plan also specifies that actual games – without spectators – would fall under Phase 2B, for which there is a June 15 target date. That date is tentative.

Though most Golden State players and coaches have been following sheltering-in-place orders in the Bay Area, some are outside the state of California. It would take at least a few days to reconvene as a team.

In addition to the Warriors, other San Francisco businesses that fall under Phase 2A include construction, hotels, curbside retail and routine medical/dental services. Following Phase 2B are Phases 2C (July 13 target date) and 3 (mid-August target date).

Phase 4, for which no target date will be announced until the first three phases are complete, would include live sports with fans in attendance.

“We’re entering a new phase of this crisis and we feel comfortable that we’re at a place that we can begin reopening parts of our economy, but that is not to say that this virus doesn’t continue to threaten our city,” Mayor Breed said. “As we begin recovering and reopening, all of us are going to have to play our part to adjust to the new normal until we have a vaccine, and we’ll continue to do everything we can to offer clear guidelines and precautions to support residents and businesses with the new adjustments that will be needed moving forward.”

Why Bill Simmons believes Andre Iguodala belongs in the Hall of Fame

Why Bill Simmons believes Andre Iguodala belongs in the Hall of Fame

When it's all said and done, should former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame?

During the most recent "Book of Basketball 2.0" podcast, Bill Simmons and Joe House of The Ringer offered their opinions.

"In his Golden State version, he was the best guy in the league -- other than Kawhi (Leonard) -- to guard LeBron (James) and (Kevin) Durant," Simmons said. "As a perimeter defender, I always had (Scottie) Pippen and Kawhi on their own plane, and that's it.

"Steve Kerr feels really strongly that Iguodala was as good as those guys ... Golden State didn't really need him to be the offensive player that Pippen was.

"I think he should be in the Hall of Fame. I think playoff performance matters. Knowing your role, being an unselfish teammate, coming through over and over again in big moments."

Shockingly, Iguodala was named All-Defense only two times -- Second Team in 2010-11 and First Team in 2013-14 (his first season with the Warriors).

As for Simmons' comment about Iguodala repeatedly "coming through" in the clutch, here are a few examples:

In Game 3 of the 2018 Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, Iguodala sustained a "spider fracture" in his left leg and missed the rest of the series. The Warriors missed him terribly and nearly didn't advance to the NBA Finals.

In Game 6 of the 2019 Western Conference semifinals in Houston -- when the Warriors were without an injured Kevin Durant -- Iguodala stepped up and drilled five 3-pointers to help the Dubs win.

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Going back to 2015, he took home NBA Finals MVP honors after averaging 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals. And he made life difficult on LeBron.

"I think he is a Hall of Famer because of the vital role, the vital contribution he made to Golden State," House said. "I think the Golden State part of his career is the part that takes him (there). We have to say it every time we talk about the NBA Hall of Fame -- the bar is very low.

"But for what he did, I think his addition to that team -- doing all the dirty work stuff. It was a great Finals MVP moment for the league. He won that by really just doing all the dirty stuff -- being the guy that was willing to do whatever it took to win.

"In view of the legacy of that Warriors team and what he meant to it, I'm fine with him being in the Hall of Fame."

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He only made one All-Star team (2011-12) and never made an All-NBA squad. But he was a winner, sacrificed personal statistics and accolades for team success, is a three-time NBA champion and ... belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Oh, and by the way -- his career isn't over. The 36-year-old still has time to add to his résumé.

See you in Springfield, Andre.

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