The legacy of Iguodala’s 13-year NBA career is now wrapped up in his meetings with James
Seems like nothing can go right for the Spurs — Dejounte Murray had an excellent opportunity at an easy basket on the fast break, only to be denied at the rim by Kevin Durant, who seemingly can do all things.
Golden State leads 51-34 with less than five remaining in the half. The Spurs are letting this one get away from them.
Moreover, Iguodala, who was once an All-Star in Philadelphia and the expected heir apparent to Sixers legend Allen Iverson, has seen his career morph into that of unsung hero and supersub, a guy who made the sacrifice to accept bench duties in Golden State. But he reached his pinnacle in the 2015 Finals thanks to his exceptional defensive effort on James, which earned Iguodala an upset selection as the series MVP.
The legacy of Iguodala’s 13-year NBA career is now wrapped up in his meetings with James. Consider that, after the first four games of last year’s finals, Iguodala was discussed as a legitimate candidate to repeat as the NBA Finals MVP. He had etched his niche as kryptonite for James, who averaged 24.8 points and 5.8 turnovers in those first four games last June.
In Game 2 of the series, for example, Iguodala was James’ primary defender on 17 possessions, and James was 1 of 3 with seven turnovers on those possessions. Through four games of the 2016 finals, the Cavs had been outscored with James on the floor by 6.6 points per 100 possessions.
But after James exploded in Game 5 (notably, with Green missing due to suspension), a Cheap Authentic Jerseys Game 6 back injury sapped Iguodala’s effectiveness. In the last three games of the series, James Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys scored 41, 41 and 27 points, and shot 50.6 percent from the field, with just 2.7 turnovers.