GP2, Porter, Iguodala all available for Warriors in Game 1


SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors are getting some major relief to their roster, and the timing couldn't be better. 

Gary Payton II, Otto Porter and Andre Iguodala all are available for Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, Steve Kerr announced Thursday night to reporters about 105 minutes before tipoff at Chase Center.

It's unknown if any will play and for how long, but if they're able to go, it will be a big boost to Golden State. 

"All three guys felt good this morning," Kerr said to reporters. "It's great to have all three guys back. I think all three can contribute, for sure."

Payton fractured his left elbow early in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies. He has missed Golden State's last nine games. The versatile guard also shoots left-handed, and the injury certainly could affect his offense. 

But even in spurts, he should be able to make a difference on the defensive of the ball. 

Porter has missed time this postseason with soreness first in his right foot, and now more recently in his left foot. His latest injury occurred in the second quarter of the Warriors' Game 3 win last round against the Dallas Mavericks. He has missed the Warriors' last two games. 

The veteran forward was a plus-27 in the first two games against Dallas, and is a plus-91 overall this postseason in 13 games. He always makes an impact offensively and defensively, serving as a scorer and rebounder while also taking care of all the little things. Porter has scored in double figures four times and has grabbed at least five rebounds five times during these playoffs. 

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Iguodala has been out for the last 12 games due to a lingering neck issue. He last played in Game 4 of the Warriors' first-round series against the Denver Nuggets. The 38-year-old essentially has been a coach on the sidelines while shelved, serving an important role for veterans and youngsters. 

It certainly doesn't hurt having a former Finals MVP back in the fold.

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