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Warriors’ Andre Iguodala unlikely to play against Los Angeles Lakers

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates his 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates his 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND – Warriors forward Andre Iguodala is unlikely to play against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, according to coach Steve Kerr.

Iguodala had missed one game due to left hamstring tightness, but returned to action in Thursday’s win against Oklahoma City and was limited to 14 minutes. Kerr said Iguodala didn’t re-tweak the hamstring in the game.

“He’s questionable, which probably leans more toward doubtful with a back-to-back,” said Kerr, whose team plays the Orlando Magic on Monday at Oracle Arena.

“We just want to be careful, so two games in quick order, you’ve got to be smart. So he’ll go on the trip, and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow, but I would say he’s more doubtful than questionable.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala remain questionable to play against Oklahoma City Thunder

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates after making a dunk on a pass by Stephen Curry (30)  against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The Warriors won their 16th consecutive game and broke the record for the most wins to start an NBA season. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates after making a dunk on a pass by Stephen Curry (30) against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The Warriors won their 16th consecutive game and broke the record for the most wins to start an NBA season. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND – Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala remain questionable to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, but there was a good sign coming from the reigning MVP.

Curry participated in shootaround and was hoisting up 3-pointers after the session.

The Warriors face the Thunder five days after a memorable overtime win, with Curry beating the buzzer with a 37-footer on a tweaked left ankle to deliver the victory.

Iguodala also came out of that game with left hamstring tightness, as he and Curry both missed the Warriors’ overtime win against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.

The Warriors beat the Thunder despite being out-rebounded 62-32. Golden State won its first game despite being out-rebounded by 30 since January 6, 1994 when it beat the San Antonio Spurs.

Warriors 7-foot center Andrew Bogut didn’t have a single rebound in 17 minutes and knows he has to be better.

“I need to get more than zero,” Bogut mused. “I mean, yeah, they really beat us up on the boards. They got a lot of offensive rebounds, especially late in the game. But we’ve just got to do a better job of getting some rebounds.

“Looking at the stat sheet, there’s no way we should have won that game, and we did.”

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Warriors 103, Kings 94: Andre Iguodala provides positive influence amidst ugliness

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates his 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates his 3-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SACRAMENTO – Warriors forward Andre Iguodala had an Iguodala-like game against the Sacramento Kings. Amidst the ugliness on both sides, his plus-minus was +23.

Stephen Curry called that number “crazy” in a game like the Warriors’ 103-94 win where missed shots and turnovers spoiled any sort of flow Golden State might have had.

“He influenced it so positively,” Curry marveled.

Through all of their struggles, it was Iguodala who provided reminders of why the Warriors won 67 games last season. They can get themselves out of sticky situations by using their smarts.

He pushed the tempo in the first half. Seeing that the Warriors were struggling, he said he decided to become more aggressive on the second game of a back-to-back and “be another threat.”

“This team is special to allow me to pick and choose,” Iguodala said.

Curry’s exploits can mask at times what enables the Warriors to have sustained success throughout a season. The Warriors’ continuity comes together when things aren’t right.

“We’ve been through a lot together,” Klay Thompson said. “For a lot of us, our third or fourth year together. We have very cerebral and smart players. We know what we’ve got to do when it comes to crunch time.”

And Iguodala is the savviest when it comes to making things come together. He had 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals while committing only one turnover. He put in a professional effort even when the game around him got ugly.

“We’re more comfortable knowing it will work itself out,” Iguodala said. “If you play the game the right way, it’ll always work in our favor because we’re a hungry, smart group.”

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Warriors 106, Suns 87: Pence got the crowd going, but it was Andre Iguodala that got the Warriors going

Hunter Pence gave the Warriors a bit of a lift Saturday night at Oracle Arena. Sitting courtside next to owner Joe Lacob, the Giants’ outfielder was introduced during a timeout in the second quarter when Golden State wasn’t going so hot.

Pence smiled widely, stood up out of his seat, waved his arms and started shouting encouragement to the crowd. They responded with a thankful roar after a decidedly flat start to the game. It was probably coincidence, but the Warriors appeared to immediately play better the rest of the half, too, then they really kicked it gear in the third quarter.

No, Pence didn’t go to the locker room for one of his R-rated motivational speeches. The Warriors had plenty of speech-making going on among themselves, according to Andre Iguodala.

“When you lose like we did last night (in Utah) then have a tough start in the first half, you have to get it right,” Iguodala said. “Draymond (Green) has done a great job being the voice and letting guys know when it gets rough, that you just have to grind it out. Defensively is where it happens to get out of a rut.”

The Warriors definitely got out their defensive rut in the second half and it helped their sputtering offense get untracked as well. More than anybody, it was Iguodala leading the way, looking more spry and dynamic than he has in recent games.

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