Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala has been ruled out for at least two weeks after suffering an ankle injury.
Iguodala injured his ankle during his side’s 128-112 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. The incident occurred in the third quarter when Iguodala and Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard were chasing a loose ball and Iguodala rolled his ankle.
The 32-year-old was deemed to have been fouled and shot two free throws before he hobbled to the locker room.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr admitted that Iguodala’s absence will be a big blow for the team as he plays an instrumental role coming off the bench.
“It’s a big deal. It’s a really big deal. Andre is so important to everything that we do,” Kerr told reporters. “It’s not just schematically, but in terms of emotion: He settles us down. … He’s one of our guys who knows what’s happening on the floor.
“We’ve got a lot of guys who are really smart players, who understand the game, who know the ebbs and flows, when to calm things down. We have to get the right combinations out there. But nobody’s going to replace Andre. This guy was the Finals MVP and one of the smartest people I’ve ever been around.”
In the 60 games he has played this season, Iguodala has been averaging 7.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game.