OAKLAND – Andre Iguodala’s halftime interview Monday night with CSN Bay Area’s Ros Gold-Onwude created a bit of a stir on Twitter and beyond.
After scoring 14 points and making all four of his 3-point attempts before intermission, the following exchange took place:
Gold-Onwude: "What helped you find your rhythm so quickly from 3?"
Iguodala: "You gotta be ready to step up. Knowing the lineup change a little bit. Kind of feels like scrimmage in practice, you know what I mean? When we're in practice, going against the first unit, I take all the shots, or I'm always looking for myself.
"I've seen it before and you just gotta come out and play and be ready."
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Thus began a Twitter firestorm in which Iguodala was portrayed as throwing shade at the opposing Houston Rockets, who eventually fell 115-106 as the Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Asked about the comments in his postgame news conference, Iguodala immediately wasted no time with a clarification.
“No, what I said was ... the question was how did you change your game or how did you change your game so quickly?” he began. “And I said when we practice in our scrimmage and practice on my team, I'm the guy that shoots most of the shots so I shoot all the balls.
“So I've been in those situations before. When we have scrimmages and practices, we really get after it and try to make it a game-like so we can run our sets and get our timing right. So that mindset isn't hard for me to switch because you practice like you should play, right? That was a perfect example.”
Iguodala was aggressive and more efficient than he has been since returning two weeks ago after missing 13 games with a sprained left ankle. He finished with 18 points, the most he has ever scored coming off the bench in the postseason.
It was enough to help offset the absence of leading scorer Steph Curry.
“It reminded me of The Finals,” coach Steve Kerr said, recalling Iguodala’s MVP effort last June. “Andre has a knack for just kind of knowing when we need him. He hasn't been shooting the ball all that well since he returned from the ankle injury, and he hits four threes in the first quarter, first half, anyway, but it doesn't surprise me.
“He was brilliant. He carried our second unit while he was out there. He guarded James Harden. He controlled the game, I thought, when he was out there.”
He also was the subject of considerable percolation on Twitter.