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Andre Iguodala’s successful return masked Warriors’ issues.
- Updated: December 18, 2013
Rest easy, Golden State Warrior fans, Andre Iguodala‘s back.
The unheralded acquisition from the Warriors, Iguodala or “Iggy,” returned to post a +20 mark in his 17:22 minutes of work. While the skeptic would say his impact in the starting lineup was minimal and that the +20 +/- mark he posted was a product of the Warriors’ getting hot, it was still a positive return. With Iggy back in the starting lineup, the Warriors are 9-2 and that is definitely not a fluke.
The victory was much-needed to keep pace in the ridiculously competitive Western Conference. At 14-12, and fully healthy again, the Warriors can start their run toward the playoffs.
Now, a couple notes with Iggy’s return. Let’s downplay the significance and ignore the journalism headline of, “he’s in there for the morale.” Let’s, however, focus on the Warriors dominance at home (8-3 record) as well as the heat check that is Stephen Curry. David Lee wasn’t too shabby either, 21 points and 17 rebounds, and neither was Klay Thompson.
The victory was probably more the ineptitude of the Pelicans than the return of Iguodala. New Orleans Pelicans, without their star player Anthony Davis, is just a sieve on the defensive end and non-existent in the paint. So, the return was a success to Warriors’ home basketball.
The issues of the Warriors still existed — they rely entirely on the three-ball too often (despite shooting the league’s second-best percentage at 41 percent) and the defensive end was still an issue. The first half, defensively, was immaculate. The Warriors stopped the Pelicans’ offensive flow and allowed only 39 points, but the second half was a different story. There were consecutive quarters of 26+ points and the Pelicans made a blowout into a closer game.
While, it was a victory and a good return for Iggy, the Warriors need a lot of help in their offensive game plan and defensive mindset.