OAKLAND -– Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will miss at least the next two weeks with a sprained left ankle, the Warriors announced Saturday.
Iguodala sustained the injury Friday night, in the third quarter of a 128-112 victory over Portland. He left the game and did not return. X-Rays were negative, but an MRI test confirmed the extent of the sprain.
Iguodala, according to the Warriors, will be reevaluated in two weeks.
“It’s a big deal. It’s a really big deal,” coach Steve Kerr said of Iguodala’s absence. “Andre is so important to everything we do, not only schematically but just emotionally. He settles us down. He’s one of our two captains. He’s one of the guys who just always knows what’s happening on the floor.
“It’s a big loss. But we’ve got a deep team. We’ve got our guys ready to step in for him.”
Iguodala the team’s Sixth Man, typically the first Warrior off the bench midway through the first quarter. His value is high, and as much intangible as tangible. The bulk of his minutes, Kerr said, will go to reserve forward/guard Brandon Rush.
“Brandon will get consistent minutes now. He’s played quite a bit this year. But when we’re fully healthy, Brandon’s minutes are sort of sporadic, depending on game-to-game situational stuff. But now he’ll get more consistent minutes.”
Young guard Ian Clark also could see an increase in activity, Kerr said.
Iguodala, 32, is averaging 7.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. His plus-minus average, plus-7.3, ranks eighth in the NBA and highest among non-starters.