Player News - Warriors

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Klay Thompson (left knee strain) is officially listed as questionable for Game 5 on Thursday, but head coach Steve Kerr says he thinks Klay's "going to be fine."

Klay did return to Game 4 after injuring his knee and Steve Kerr also said he's "moving around really well." It looks unlikely, but if he were to miss Game 5 it could be a series-changing blow to the Warriors. We'll have a better idea of his status after shootaround on Thursday.
May 23 - 9:33 PM

Andre Iguodala (left lateral leg contusion) is questionable for Game 5 on Thursday.

Iguodala was ruled out for Game 4 after shooting around during warmups, but was "feeling better" on Thursday. "He's out on the floor [on Thursday] not doing a whole lot, but making progress," Steve Kerr said. Iguodala could once again be a game-time decision -- if he's ruled out, Kevon Looney should draw another start in a bigger lineup.
May 23 - 7:40 PM

Klay Thompson (left knee strain) and Andre Iguodala (left leg bruise) are questionable for Game 5 on Thursday.

It's unclear whether either player participated in Wednesday's practice in Houston. We should have a better idea of their availability after shootaround on Thursday. If either player can't go, expect to see more minutes for Kevon Looney, Shaun Livingston and Nick Young.

Klay Thompson played through his sore left knee, but was a bit gimpy on his way to just 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting with two 3-pointers in Tuesday's 95-92 loss to the Rockets.

Thompson's knee injury aside, he was in the spotlight near the end of the game as Kevin Durant curiously decided to pass the ball to him, despite Klay being trapped in the corner and with Durant only needing a two-pointer to tie the game. Thompson didn't get much of a shot off and Stephen Curry missed a shot at the final buzzer that gave the Rockets the unlikely win. Hopefully Thompson is good to go for Thursday's Game 5 in Houston, as the Warriors are probably going to need him.
May 22 - 11:52 PM

Stephen Curry took over Tuesday's Western Conference Playoff game in the third quarter when the Warriors went on a 34-17 run to take control of Game 4, but then saw the Rockets bounce back to steal the 95-92 win in Oakland, tying the series at 2-2.

Curry put on a clinic in the third quarter and finished with 28 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and six 3-pointers on 10-of-26 shooting in 39 minutes on Tuesday. Curry also got a last-second opportunity after Chris Paul oddly made a free throw with 0.5 seconds left on the clock, but couldn't get it to go down. It was, however, a bit shocking to see him as wide open as he was, and Curry was probably as surprised as anyone, as well. Game 5 is Thursday night in Houston.
May 22 - 11:46 PM

Kevin Durant had 27 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer on 9-of-24 shooting in 43 minutes of Tuesday's 95-92 loss to the Rockets, and made an interesting decision to pass the ball to an ailing Klay Thompson with the game on the line in the closing seconds.

With the Warriors only down two points in the final 10 seconds, and with a timeout remaining, Durant had the ball and could have worked his way to the basket, or at least found an open man, but chose to pass the ball to Thompson, who was already dealing with a sore knee. Additionally, Thompson was trapped in the corner and had no chance of getting off a good shot, making Durant's pass look even worse. The series is knotted at 2-2 with Game 5 set for Houston on Thursday night. But if this series ends poorly for the Warriors, critics will look back to Durant's decision at the end of Game 4 as a big reason why it happened.
May 22 - 11:39 PM

Klay Thompson (knee) is available to return to Game 4.

He took a spill on the offensive end and came up limping and holding his left knee. The Warriors diagnosed with him a left knee strain, but it must be pretty minor because they cleared him to play after just a few minutes in the locker room.
Source: Warriors PR
May 22 - 9:39 PM

Kevon Looney will start in Game 4 vs. the Rockets on Tuesday.

Looney will be replacing Andre Iguodala who is day-to-day with a leg bruise. The rest of the starting lineup remains intact, so Looney will be joining Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. This lineup combo has been very successful during this series with an offensive efficiency rating of 123.8 and a defensive efficiency rating of 76.9.
May 22 - 8:45 PM

Andre Iguodala (bruised leg) has been officially ruled out for Game 4.

He was upgraded from doubtful to questionable on Tuesday morning, but after receiving treatment and getting some shots up during warmups, the Warriors ruled him out. "If he was close, he'd play," coach Steve Kerr said. "He's injured. We'll see what happens in a couple days." In typical Kerr fashion, the Warriors aren't expected to reveal his replacement in the starting five until a few minutes before tip-off. With that said, Kevon Looney is the favorite to draw the start.
May 22 - 7:19 PM

Andre Iguodala (bruised leg) has been upgraded to questionable for Tuesday's Game 4 vs. Houston.

An X-ray and MRI confirmed that Iguodala is not dealing with any structural damage, so his ability to play will likely be a matter of pain tolerance. He has received treatment on his leg several times over the past 24 hours, and he said if he does play he'll likely be rocking a pad on his left leg. He's headed for a game-time call, but if he does sit this one out, Kevon Looney would likely replace him in the starting five and there would be more minutes available for Nick Young.
May 22 - 2:23 PM

The X-ray on Andre Iguodala's left leg contusion returned clean. Iguodala is day-to-day and is listed as doubtful ahead of Game 4 against Houston on Tuesday.

Iguodala could be out for Game 4 and break up the "death lineup" for the Warriors. If he does have to sit expect Kevon Looney to start and more minutes for Nick Young and Shaun Livingston.

Patrick McCaw (back) is unlikely to make it back to the court this postseason.

He's improving, but it's been a slow recovery process and at this stage in the postseason it would be tough to re-incorporate McCaw back into the lineup. He was having a down year anyway, so there are no guarantees he'd be a significant part of the rotation at this stage, even if healthy.
May 21 - 5:57 PM

Andre Iguodala (knee soreness) is being listed as doubtful for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Rockets.

Iguodala hurt his left knee during the closing seconds of Sunday's Game 3 win, and it sounds like it may have swelled up on him overnight. He's headed for an X-ray and we'll be awaiting those results, but we'll have a better idea on his status following Tuesday morning's shootaround. If Iguodala is forced to sit out Tuesday's game, Kevon Looney would likely move into the starting lineup and there would be more minutes available for guys like Nick Young and Shaun Livingston. Stay tuned.

Steve Kerr has won the Professional Basketball Writers Association's 2017-18 Rudy Tomjanovich Award, which honors an NBA coach for his cooperation with the media and fans, as well as his excellence on the court.

Kerr always seems to be lighthearted and patient with the media, so this award makes sense. The other finalists for the award were Steve Clifford of the Charlotte Hornets, Mike D’Antoni of the Houston Rockets, Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers and Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics.
May 21 - 12:36 PM

Andre Iguodala banged his left knee during the fourth quarter of Sunday's blowout home win, but he told coach Steve Kerr he'll "be alright."

"I think he's OK," Kerr said. "Looked like he got banged on his knee. Knee-to-knee. He said he'll be alright." All signs point to Iguodala starting again on Tuesday, as the Warriors look to take a 3-1 series led, but we should have another update on his status Monday. He finished Game 3 with an efficient 10 points (4-of-6 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), three rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block in 28 minutes of action.
May 20 - 10:50 PM


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