Before the season started, Andre Iguodala had started every single game he played in the NBA. All 800-plus over 10 seasons, including the Playoffs. This season, he didn’t start any. An All-Star in Philly (for one year, anyway), he’s become just another cog in the Warrior machine, albeit one who can guard multiple positions and finish breaks in the traditional manner. Which, for GS, is something.
Because, let’s face it, a team that can end a two-on-one (or three-on-one) break with an uncontested three and have it actually be the right decision doesn’t have much need for dunks. Why settle for 2 points when you can get 3? And when the Splash Brothers are splashing, even Riley Curry knows that open jumpers are cash money.
Still, sometimes the opportunity presents itself. Like in Game 2 of the Western Finals, Dwight Howard left to fend for himself as the ball goes from Leandro Barbosa to Andrew Bogut to a trailing Iguodala whom Dwight can only watch as he soars past, throwing down hard enough to send the ball back toward midcourt, leaving a tangled net–and a flummoxed Howard–in its wake. Splash that.