Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala is on track to play without restricted minutes in Game 7, despite dealing with a painful back injury a few days ago.
Head coach Steve Kerr told the media Saturday that Iguodala is “progressing well,” and that he will play, noting, “It’s Game 7. He’s Andre Iguodala,” per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
Of further note is the fact that Iggy will not be limited to a certain amount of minutes on the court, per Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Warriors definitely need Iguodala to play and play plenty of minutes. He’s been the most effective defender against LeBron James, when the Cleveland Cavaliers star could be stopped, that is. James has put up a ridiculous stat line the past two games, tallying 82 points, 24 rebounds, 18 assists, seven blocks and six steals.
Of course, the best defense against James and the Cavs on Sunday night might just be a good offense. In this, it’s guys like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson who must come up big for the Warriors to claim their second NBA title in a row.
Game 7 is set to tip off at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC from what will surely be a raucous Oracle Arena in Oakland. Fans have been paying outrageous amounts of money for tickets to the upcoming finale, with two people paying $49,000 each for two courtside seats. It’s going to be crazy, and we cannot wait for the action to commence.