The Warriors got after it on defense, and the result was shutting down the Trail Blazers and the NBA’s highest-scoring offense.
That’s an encouraging sign if you’re coach Mark Jackson, and another one involves one of his top defenders finding his rhythm on the offensive end.
Andre Iguodala had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, scoring in double digits for a second straight game for the first time since November before he had suffered a hamstring strain. Two days earlier, Iguodala had gone off in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of his 16 points in the game’s final four minutes to nearly will the Warriors to a win.
The notion that Iguodala needs to get more involved hasn’t been lost on Jackson, who said after the game that it has been discussed with the veteran player.
“Andre I thought was very aggressive,” Jackson said. “He looked to make plays offensively. He initiated on offense.
“You’ve got to talk to him a little bit. He is who he is. He’s not a guy that’s going to go out there and try to get 20 shots up, but you try to let him know that we need him to be a little more aggressive. Not shooting the basketball, but looking to make plays.”
The result was some crowd-pleasing stuff. Iguodala on one play took a pretty pass from Curry and slammed it home.
“I hadn’t got up like that in a while, you know?” Iguodala said. “I wanted to finish it pretty strong. When I got up there, I was like, ‘Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve been up here.’”
Iguodala praised Jackson for his communication skills, and because of that, now perhaps Iguodala’s basketball skills will lead to more noticeable stat lines.
“Sometimes you’ve got sacrifice for the flow of the game and the flow of your teammates,” Iguodala said. “I know I’ve got great shooters. Throughout the course of the season, teams are going to start locking in on those shooters, and it’s only going to open it up even more.”