Andre Iguodala will do ‘whatever it takes to protect’ Steph Curry’s legacy

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Updated: June 9, 2019
Andre Iguodala will do 'whatever it takes to protect' Steph Curry's legacy Andre Iguodala will do 'whatever it takes to protect' Steph Curry's legacy By Brian Witt June 02, 2019 9:26 PM Andre Iguodala has Stephen Curry's back

He's called the two-time MVP the second-best point guard in NBA history , behind only Magic Johnson.

And on Sunday night, Iguodala had it again, ensuring Curry and the Warriors would even the NBA Finals at one game apiece after his clutch 3-pointer in the final seconds sealed a Game 2 victory over the Raptors The Warriors were in a position to win that game despite Curry not even attempting a shot in the fourth quarter, speaking to his all-around impact, which extends further than the scoring column

Shortly after the victory, Iguodala referenced that impact, and his desire to ensure Curry is given the respect he's earned and rightfully deserves.

“I’m doing whatever it takes to protect his legacy”Iggy is here for Steph — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 3, 2019 Curry most certainly is headed to the Basketball Hall of Fame when his career comes to an end Still, given how consistently he is overlooked among the top players in the game, it can't hurt to have Iguodala issuing constant reminders of his greatness Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala have guarded Kawhi Leonard best in NBA Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala have guarded Kawhi Leonard best in NBA By Marcus White June 03, 2019 8:55 PM Has Kawhi Leonard met his match(es)? The Toronto Raptors star is averaging 28

5 points per game against the Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals, almost three points shy of his pre-Finals average (31.

2) It's probably not a coincidence that Leonard has squared off against two defenders who have given him more trouble than anyone else this season ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry found that Warriors wings Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson have limited Leonard to fewer points per 100 possessions than any other players Golden State's duo has also prevented Leonard from getting off many shots Iggy and Klay suppress Kawhi’s shooting and scoring as well as anyone this season pictwittercom/AbRDiso20m — Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 3, 2019 Leonard's struggles against Iguodala and Thompson makes the pair's health even more important moving forward Iguodala aggravated a calf injury in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and went to the Warriors locker room after being on the receiving end of a hard screen from Raptors center Marc Gasol The veteran recovered in time to hit the game-clinching 3-pointer in the Warriors' 109-104 win, but Thompson was unable to return after mildly straining his hamstring in the fourth quarter [RELATED: Raptors' box-and-one vs

Steph also surprised Seth Curry ] Thompson is questionable to play in Game 3 on Wednesday, and his absence would be a big blow with big man Kevon Looney already sidelined indefinitely and Kevin Durant still working his way back from a calf strain .

That could give Leonard an opening to assert himself offensively and help the Raptors seize control of the best-of-seven series that is currently tied at a game apiece.

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Few teams could withstand the loss of an All-NBA talent -- let alone two -- but Thompson's ability to shut down Leonard would make him missing Game 3 an even tougher pill to swallow for the Warriors Klay Thompson questionable for NBA Finals Game 3 with hamstring strain Klay Thompson questionable for NBA Finals Game 3 with hamstring strain By Drew Shiller June 03, 2019 6:52 PM Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Wednesday at 4 pm, streaming live on the MyTeams app After a bit of bad news about Kevon Looney to start Monday night, the Warriors got a glimmer of hope with regards to Klay Thompson's health Thompson's MRI confirmed that the Warriors star has a mild strain of his left hamstring The Warriors listed their sharpshooter as questionable for Game 3 on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena Klay Thompson & Kevon Looney injury update: pictwittercom/TTwO4rWEVU — Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) June 4, 2019 The Athletic/Stadium's Shams Charania first reported the news With about 10:40 left in the fourth quarter, Klay missed a left-wing 3-pointer and landed awkwardly He stayed in the game and didn't show any real signs of discomfort But right after Quinn Cook hit a 3-pointer with just under 8:20 remaining, something went wrong Klay began limping badly and had to head to the locker room It doesn’t look like Klay rolled the right ankle Something non-contact? Weird pictwittercom/vlVt4ZUoRp — Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 3, 2019 He did not return “Klay said he’ll be fine,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the game

“But Klay could be half dead and he would say he would be fine.

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We’ll see "He pulled his hamstring He thinks it is minor, so I don’t know what that means going forward” The Warriors will practice on Tuesday, so you can expect another update on Klay's status when Kerr speaks to the media that afternoon Because he exited early and Andre Iguodala stole the show with his dagger 3-pointer in the closing seconds, Klay didn't get the praise he deserved for his on-court production in Game 2 [ WARRIORS OUTSIDERS PODCAST : Dubs outlast Raptors, even Finals at 1-1 ] The five-time All-Star scored the Dubs' first nine points and racked up 18 points in the first half

He finished with a team-high 25 (his most since he scored 26 in Game 1 of the West finals against Portland), and also registered five rebounds and five assists.

Rest up, Klay

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