Andre Iguodala knows what Lebron James brings to the table, and both will be ready to face each other again in the biggest stage.
The 2020 NBA Finals stage is set, and familiar faces are present. For one, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is back again in the Finals. However, he will not have Lebron James on his side. Instead, he’ll have to deal with the juggernaut he’s created during James’ stint with the Heat.
Andres Iguodala will defend Lebron James again
Although Spoelstra will be missing James, he may have the kryptonite in Andre Iguodala. The former NBA Finals MVP had the task of guarding Lebron James. It wasn’t an easy job, but he sure did keep Lebron at bay. Now that the Miami Heat is in the Finals stage, it would seem as if Pat Riley was a genius in acquiring Iggy from the Grizzlies.
Based on Iggy’s Finals record against Lebron, it would be safe to say that Andre Iguodala can be used straight up to defend him. Andre Iguodala knows that he will have another huge task at hand. Nevertheless, he’s confident that he can fulfill the role. He said,
“You just got to have that will, understanding you’re guarding the top talent ever. He’s going to make you pay when you make mistakes. You just try to play mistake-free basketball. Put him in vulnerable situations where you feel like you got the advantage, whether it’s a shot or a pass or where he is defensively.”
Iggy will be surrounded by new guys
This time around, Andre Iguodala will not have Steph Curry and Klay Thompson with him. Instead, he’ll have young and unproven talents around him. It can be said that he’ll have the cheaper version of Curry in Herro and Thompson in Robinson. Then again, the challenge will be to contain the Lakers as a whole.
Manning the paint will be Bam Adebayo, who has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. His contributions against Anthony Davis will be crucial for the Miami Heat. If he can lock down against Davis night in and night out, the Miami Heat could pull off one of sports’ biggest upset.
Iguodala will also have Jimmy Butler on the opposite side of the wing to pick the passing lanes of Lebron. It remains to be seen how he’ll fare against a still-in-prime Lebron. Nevertheless, seeing these two back in this stage will be a sight to see.
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