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.”