The Golden State Warriors could be missing not just one, but two of their top players for Thursday night’s matchup vs. the Milwaukee Bucks. Fantasy basketball owners will have to check their leagues’ waiver wires for possible replacements.
Iguodala has battled injuries all season long, and his latest — knee tendinitis — will keep him out of tonight’s contest in Oakland.
In his first season with the Warriors, Iguodala has averaged an underwhelming 9.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.0 3-pointers. His 46.9 percent shooting has been the one bright spot, as it is his highest since making 47.3 percent of his shots while with the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2008-09 season.
The 10th-year pro missed Tuesday’s game vs. the Orlando Magic and has already been ruled out of Saturday’s contest vs. the San Antonio Spurs. He is expected to be re-evaluated next week.
Green (4.7 percent owned on ESPN.com) has the capability to produce stats across the board. The former Michigan State Spartan is averaging 9.0 points, 7.0 boards, 2.4 dimes, 1.6 steals, and 1.0 treys over his last five games. He’s played 25.6 minutes during that span as well.
After last season’s big playoff contributions, Barnes (43 percent owned) has been a big disappointment in 2013-14. He’s averaging 9.6 points and 4.0 rebounds on the year, but just 7.1 points in the month of March. He’s not a great long-term add, but could have some extended garbage time in what should be a blowout vs. the league-worst Bucks.
Sooner or later owners knew Andrew Bogut would succumb to injury.
The oft-injured center missed just one game during the first three months of the season, but has missed eight since the start of February.
Warriors’ beat writer Rusty Simmons reported positive progress from Bogut at the team’s Thursday shootaround and it will come down to a true game-time decision for the Warriors’ big man:
Andrew Bogut said his ankle felt good at Thursday's shootaround. He'll test it before game and make a cautious decision about his status.
— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) March 20, 2014
In most cases, Jermaine O’Neal would be the top replacement, but he too is a game-time call.
If Bogut’s ankle isn’t 100 percent, look for Marreese Speights (100 percent available) to pick up the slack. Speights dropped 13 points and eight rebounds vs. the Magic on Tuesday.