Andre Iguodala ruled out vs. Utah Jazz

SAN FRANCISCO — Just as one name falls off the Warriors’ injury report, another one appears. On Sunday against the Utah Jazz, it was Andre Iguodala’s turn.

Iguodala, 37, was ruled out (left hip injury management) for Golden State’s fourth of seven straight games at home. With a day off after back-to-back games, the Warriors were expected to get Otto Porter Jr. and Klay Thompson together for the first time in three contests but Thompson (knee soreness) was a late scratch.

The scheduled rest days are all part of the Warriors’ plan to peak around the time they start their postseason push.

With his third day off in the past four games, Iguodala has been the veteran whose load the Warriors are most closely managing. Including an 11-game stretch that he was forced to miss with swelling in his right knee, Iguodala has sat out nearly as many games (22) as he has played (25).

The Warriors are also being careful with Porter, 28, who hasn’t played a full season in four years, and Thompson, 31, who is still building back to full strength after two years away with ACL and Achilles injuries. Neither will play both legs of a back-to-back, but in order to keep one of the sharpshooting wings available at all times, they will alternate rest days, as they did this week with Thompson playing Thursday against Indiana and Porter on Friday against Houston.

Thompson arrived at the arena Sunday expecting to play and went through walk throughs in the morning before Dr. Rick Celebrini, the director of performance, informed Kerr that Thompson shouldn’t play that night. He felt a “tweak” in his left knee, which was surgically repaired in July 2019 after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

However, Kerr said the late scratch was “nothing too concerning” and “just part of cautiousness.”

Iguodala and Thompson joined Draymond Green (lower back) and James Wiseman (right knee rehab) on Golden State’s injury report for its game against the Jazz, who had three starters and two key reserves’ status in question.

Leading scorer Donovan Mitchell (concussion protocol) was ruled out; reigning defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert (sore left ankle), reserve center Hassan Whiteside and backup guard Trent Forrest (bruised right hip) were listed as questionable; and starting shooting guard Bojan Bogdanovic (left finger strain) was listed as probable.

The Warriors and Jazz are two of the top four teams in the Western Conference, but they have yet to face off at full strength.

Golden State was also missing Green, who was in COVID protocols, for their first meeting: a 123-116 road win that featured 20-point performances from Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins and Porter. The Warriors were also missing Thompson for that first meeting, as well as Damion Lee, who was back Sunday.

Whether Green is able to return for the third meeting of top Western Conference foes could be a measuring stick for his progress in his recovery from lower back problems that have already cost him the past nine games. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated at the end of this home stand, which wraps up Saturday against Brooklyn, and the Warriors head to Utah for Round 3 just over a week after that.

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