OAKLAND – Facing a game that could bring the Warriors a championship, coach Steve Kerr is seeking the immediate comfort that comes with Andre Iguodala on the floor from the beginning.
Iguodala was announced as a starting forward 30 minutes before tipoff of Game 5 of the NBA Finals Monday night at Oracle Arena.
Kerr sought a replacement for starting forward Draymond Green, who is serving a one-game suspension, and settled upon Iguodala, who has been the primary defender on Cavs star LeBron James.
It’s a departure from the norm for Kerr and the Warriors, who during the regular season turned to forward Brandon Rush as the injury replacement. The rationale behind that was inserting Rush caused no disruption to the usual playing rotation. It also kept Iguodala in his usual role as the stabilizer coming off the bench.
This is no regular-season, however, and Kerr is not treating as such. Insofar as James’ offense has been neutralized by Iguodala’s defense, the coach wanted that matchup from the beginning.