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Warriors should rest Andre Iguodala, who is sore in Achilles 'region'

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Warriors should rest Andre Iguodala, who is sore in Achilles 'region'

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Andre Iguodala played less than 18 minutes Saturday night before hobbling into the Warriors' locker room in the third quarter, never to return to Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Trail Blazers.

Soreness in his lower left leg, according to the Warriors, though neither coach Steve Kerr nor Iguodala seemed particularly concerned.

Yet it's serious enough that Iguodala will undergo an MRI on Sunday. Furthermore, one word made its way around Moda Center after the game that should cause enough alarm for the Warriors to consider resting the 35-year-old veteran Monday night in Game 4.

Achilles.

Soreness in an athlete’s Achilles' tendon is not unusual, but it's not to be taken lightly, given that a rupture is among the most devastating injury that one can sustain.

Asked specifically whether the soreness indicated a problem with the Achilles' tendon, Iguodala did not deny it.

“It’s in that region,” he told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“I've had it before,” he added. “I’ll be all right.”

Iguodala added that he has dealt with soreness in that area “for a while,” without specifying. Until Saturday, he had played through it.

So, he might be right. Maybe there is no reason for worry. The MRI will provide clarification. As someone who knows his body about as well as any player in the NBA, Iguodala might need nothing more than a few sessions of physical therapy.

“He just had some soreness ... so we didn’t want to risk anything and put him back in the game,” Kerr said. “When we took him out mid-third, the trainer said that will be it for him.”

If Iguodala’s wheel is barking, it’s easy to understand why. He entered Saturday averaging 30.2 minutes per playoff game -- about seven more than in the regular season. He spent most of the six-game first-round series chasing LA Clippers guard Lou Williams and most of the six-game second-round series assigned to NBA leading scorer James Harden.

Iguodala has spent much of the first three games this round coping with either of Portland’s two dynamic guards, Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum.

[RELATED: Iguodala flips off ESPN camera while en route to locker room]

The Warriors generally err on the side of caution in matters of health. Sitting Iguodala on Monday would seem the prudent move.

If ever there were a time to be overly cautious, it's with a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series.

LeBron James welcomes Anthony Davis to Lakers with Instagram post

LeBron James welcomes Anthony Davis to Lakers with Instagram post

The blockbuster trade isn't official, but that didn't stop LeBron James from weighing in.

A few hours after ESPN reported that the Lakers and Pelicans have agreed to a trade that would send Anthony Davis to Los Angeles, LeBron posted this on his Instagram feed.

LeBron is getting the running mate he desperately needs in LA. No offense to Kyrie Irving or Dwyane Wade, but Davis is the best player LeBron will play with during his Hall of Fame NBA career.

So you can understand LeBron's excitement.

Even former Lakers president Magic Johnson likes the trade.

Yes, Magic just praised the guy he claims stabbed him in the back during his time with the Lakers. Weird times in Los Angeles.

Chances are, if any Warriors player acknowledges the trade on social media, they won't share the same level of excitement as LeBron.

The Lakers are re-tooling their roster just as the Warriors are licking their many, many wounds from an NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors.

[RELATED: Lakers need more than Davis]

Just two days after that bitter defeat, seeing LeBron and the Lakers acquire Davis is not the news they wanted.

LaVar Ball rips Lakers for including son Lonzo in Anthony Davis trade

LaVar Ball rips Lakers for including son Lonzo in Anthony Davis trade

Former No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball is on his way out of Los Angeles as part of the Lakers' trade for Anthony Davis.

You just knew it wouldn't take long for Lonzo's loudmouth father LaVar to say something crazy regarding the reported trade.

ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk caught up with LaVar Saturday while he was watching his song LaMelo play in the Drew League and he didn't hold back.

"It'll be the worst move the Lakers ever did in their life and they'll never win another championship, guaranteed," LaVar said.

In their first season with LeBron James, the Lakers failed to make the playoffs. Then Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the president of the team. The last few months have be full of drama in Los Angeles.

But through it all, LaVar still felt Lonzo was the player to help turn the Lakers around.

"They gonna regret it," LaVar told ESPN. "I'm going to have fun with it. I told y'all that it was crashing down. Now it completely crashed, but at least my son got off the boat before it exploded. I gave them a chance. You can rewind it and go back. I said if you get the three Ball brothers, you going to survive this. You let them go, oh, it's going to be a cold day in hell."

Oh, LaVar.

[RELATED: Lakers need more than Davis]

Along with Ball, the Lakers are sending Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, three first-round picks and the right to swap first-round picks in 2023 and 2025 to the New Orleans Pelicans. It's a hefty price to pay for an oft-injured superstar. But the LeBron has limited time left, so the Lakers needed to make a big splash.

While the Warriors are probably dreading the thought of facing LeBron and The Brow (plus whichever marquee free agent the Lakers sign), they are probably happy they don't have to deal with LaVar anymore.