OAKLAND – Having reviewed the play on which forward Andre Iguodala last Friday sustained a sprained left ankle, Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he saw nothing malicious on the part of Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard.
“It was a dangerous play,” Kerr said Monday, in his pregame news conference. “But it’s hard to fault a guy for diving for a loose ball. So I don’t think there’s any blame.”
Warriors center Andrew Bogut strongly implied otherwise. Bogut on Saturday posted a tweet in which he obliquely referenced the play, indicating he thought perhaps Lilliard had crossed the line.
“Interesting no one is talking about a wreckless (sic) play from this week,” Bogut tweeted. “Guess it’s just the ‘top 5 dirty’ players who are capable.”
Bogut then added the hashtag: #checkthetape.
The play occurred with 1:59 remaining in the third quarter of 128-112 Warriors victory at Oracle Arena. Lillard and Iguodala both went after a loose ball, with Lillard falling over Iguodala’s ankle, twisting it and resulting in a sprain that will sideline the veteran for a minimum of two weeks.
“It was very unfortunate,” Kerr said of the play. “It’s one of those plays where you just cringe when you see it happen.
“But it’s nothing that we’re angry about. Just bad luck.”