TORONTO – Golden State forward Andre Iguodala is expected to play Sunday, despite being hobbled at the end of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but teammate Kevin Durant won’t.
Coach Steve Kerr updated the state of the Warriors’ health Friday, saying Iguodala should play in Game 2 while Durant may return for Game 3 on Wednesday when the series shifts to Oakland, Calif. The Toronto Raptors won Game 1 on Thursday night 118-109 to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Iguodala drove in for a score near the end of the game and was limping afterward. Kerr said Iguodala underwent an MRI exam Friday morning, and while he didn’t disclose the results, The Athletic reported it came back clean.
As for Durant, Kerr said he already has been ruled out for Game 2. Durant has been sidelined since injuring his right calf during the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets on May 8. The Warriors were 5-0 without Durant in these playoffs until the loss to the Raptors.
—Draymond Green insists … that Drake isn’t getting under his skin, commenting one day after the Golden State Warriors star had a brief verbal exchange with Drake after Game 1 of the NBA Finals as the Canadian rapper enjoyed the Toronto Raptors’ 118-109 victory.
Green said Friday that Drake deserves a little extra slack for his antics because of his fame: “Drake talking on the sideline, I think so many people make a big deal out of it. It is what it is. He’s a fan. He talks and it gets more attention because he’s Drake.
“He’s worked his a– off to be who he is. I think we all know when you do that, you get more leash than others. I think there’s so much talk and the NBA needs to — no, they don’t. He worked to be who he is; you should get more leash. But I don’t mind it. It’s fun for me.”