Kurtenbach: In leading the Warriors to a 2-0 lead, Andre Iguodala is showing how immensely valuable he is


Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates after scoring a bucket during the first quarter of Game 2 of their NBA first-round playoff series at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, April 16, 2018. (Ray Chavez/ Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Andre Iguodala didn’t play like this in the regular season.

No, he was saving performances this special for the “real season” — the playoffs.

And after the Warriors 116-101 Game 2 win over the Spurs Monday, giving Golden State a 2-0 first-round series lead as the teams head to San Antonio, it’s fair to say that Iguodala’s best form was worth the wait.

You know that “switch” so many people said the Warriors needed to flip to start the postseason?

It might be defensive effort, or perhaps general focus.

Or it might be Iguodala.

Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates after scoring a bucket during the first quarter of Game 2 of their NBA first-round playoff series at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, April 16, 2018. (Ray Chavez/ Bay Area News Group)

Think about it: when Iguodala was at his best, fully engaged and playing hard, the Warriors looked unbeatable in the regular season. Those times were rare — a big game here or there — but they were obvious.

When was he was off — well, there’s one reason the Warriors are not the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoff bracket.

Now, Iguodala’s coaches and teammates didn’t like that binary comparison. All year long, they have extolled the hard-to-notice hardwood virtues of the 34-year-old, who is now in his 14th year in the league. Questions about Iguodala’s poor shooting percentages or his less-than-stellar on-ball defense in the regular season were met with exasperation — they said that the game-tape told a different story.

But on Monday, the box score and tape were in sync: Iguodala was immense, again.

Iguodala was on.

It is the playoffs, after all. Iguodala has been pacing himself for performances like these for the last seven months, and he had no problem admitting that fact, either.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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