As veteran guard Andre Iguodala sat on the shelf the last week, he has watched his team fall three out the four games he has not played. Iguodala strained his left hamstring in a match against the Los Angeles Lakers on November 22, and has been shelved since. After missing only 27 games prior in his nine-year career, Iguodala is hoping this injury is short-lived.
The Golden State Warriors and head coach Mark Jackson are also hoping Iguodala's injury is not long-term and he can return to action shortly. According to Jackson, Iguodala is "closer and closer" to returning, even though the guard did not make Sunday's trip to Sacramento for the Warriors' game against the Kings.
"We'll stay true to the process as usual and look forward to having him back," said Jackson. The Warriors have a team that has suffered a number of injuries, most notable Stephen Curry's concussion. With Iguodala out, Harrison Barnes has been filling in as a starter.
"It's think it's pretty obvious. He's a bigtime playmaker on the offensive end. He's another ball-handler for us. He's a guy that has an extremely high IQ, understanding the offensive end and the defensive end. He helps out depth also, because now you bring Harrison off the bench. Now you have, I don't want to say no nowhere to go with Harrison not on the bench, but that hurts us. We went and got him for a reason, and when we don't have him we're still a good basketball team, but we're not the same team."-Coach Mark Jackson on Andre Iguodala (via Matt Schwab, contracostatimes.com)
The Warriors had center Andrew Bogut back in the lineup on Sunday who had recently missed time due to a one-game suspension for an altercation during the Portland game last Saturday. But without Iguodala's defensive mind, the team just does not seem to be clicking on all cylinders, and Mark Jackson cannot wait to have his team back together.
Iguodala is averaging 12.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists in 13 games so far this season. Since making his debut in 2004 with Philadelphia, Iguodala has played in 708 regular season games and 41 postseason games, all starts, and one All-Star appearance worth 14 minutes. He has played in all 82 regular season games five times, and last season only missed two games, making 80 regular season starts.