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It never seemed likely that Andre Iguodala would play in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors are leading the series 3-0 and have come back from 17- and 18-point deficits with ease.
But now we have confirmation that Iguodala, who is nursing what was announced as a left calf injury, but was described as soreness in the Achilles region by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, will not play in Game 4. Iguodala picked up the injury in the first quarter of Game 3, when he flipped off ESPN’s tunnel camera as he headed to the locker room. He returned to the game, but exited again in the third quarter and did not return. Tonight, head coach Steve Kerr described as “calf soreness” tonight.
Andre Iguodala is out tonight. "He has a sore left calf," Kerr said, "so he's not going to play."
— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) May 20, 2019
In his stead, Alfonzo McKinnie should expect to receive the lion’s share of minutes, with The Athletic’s Anthony Slater projecting that other bench players will likely see a bump in minutes as well.
Alfonzo McKinnie played 15 second half minutes the other night after Andre Iguodala went out. Kerr says "Zo will have to" get more minutes tonight, likely an uptick for Jerebko, Cook, Livingston, too.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 20, 2019
The Warriors will look to close out a Western Conference Finals series without Iguodala for the second-straight year now. However, this time, rather than trailing 3-2 to a Houston Rockets team that looked like the Warriors’ most capable foe, they’ll be up 3-0 on the Blazers.