Thursday, February 9, 2023

Warriors: Iguodala will start against the Magic

SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will make his season debut on Saturday against the Orlando Magic.

The Warriors and Iguodala have been targeting a return in the second half of the season since training camp, but Saturday, which will be the Warriors’ 40th game of the season, became a more concrete target date over the past week.

Iguodala will play on a one-minute restriction, but it’s unclear what that will look like at this time.

“I try not to get too hung up on it because then you start to overthink or push, depending on how many minutes you’re playing,” Iguodala said after practice on Friday. “You just have to make the most of what you have. See it to its fullest, instead of just one night… June is so much more important than January.”

After signing a one-year veteran’s minimum contract over the summer, Iguodala was sidelined with the team managing a left hip injury.

Golden State knew that Iguodala’s availability would not be consistent this season, just like when he returned to the team in 2021.

Last season, Iguodala only played in 31 games during the regular season. Iguodala only played in two games between January 18 and March 31 last year. He also rested one end of each consecutive game the Warriors played. He missed 15 games during the post-season, 12 in a row.

Iguodala’s workload is still up in the air after Saturday.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, “The hardest thing to do as you get older is racking up the game.” “Like we saw with Andre last season, all of a sudden something swells up and you don’t even know why. I’m not worried about his production or his play. It’s about preserving him for the long term.” More. I know it’s going to help us win.”

The Warriors believe that his value to the organization far exceeds his impact on the field. He is credited as a “player-coach” and has become a mentor to the team’s younger players, especially Jonathan Kuminga.

“He’s such a rare athlete, he’s still in incredible shape, but his mind is his most powerful weapon,” Kerr said of Iguodala.

Iguodala’s return comes in the middle of a stretch in which the Warriors’ roster has been depleted.

Stephen Curry has been sidelined with left shoulder soreness since December 14, though the team hopes he can play next Friday in San Antonio.

On Friday, Curry practiced with the team for the first time since suffering his injury, which included contact and 5-for-5 work.

Curry said, “It was no limit today, my first real rep on it… It felt good.” “I feel like I haven’t lost much in terms of conditioning… The whole plan should be ready when I’m ready… With this one, it’s about getting as much of his testing phase as possible.” So, if I can get a few more reps and move in that direction, I’ll be good to go.”

Andrew Wiggins has also been out since December 15 with an adductor strain and subsequent illness, but he practiced fully on Friday and is likely to do so on Saturday.

Kuminga, JaMychal Green and James Wiseman will all be out for at least another week with various injuries and ailments.

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