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Lowell Cohn: Warriors' Andre Iguodala not stepping up when needed (w/video)

  • Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, left, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, center, and forward Glen Davis defend during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

But please, Andre, shoot the ball. Believe me, you're allowed to. You just grab that sucker with two hands, face the hoop, jump and flick a wrist. Everyone around you is a flicker. Mostly, you're a bricker.

In the regular season, Iguodala averaged 9.3 points per game. Iguodala is a starter on a very good team and he managed just 9.3. That's either shameful or a joke. But, OK, the regular season is over and now the Warriors are in the real season, the playoffs. And Iguodala has a chance to step up.

He's stepped down. Shriveled in the spotlight. Look, the Clippers are whacking the daylights out of Stephen Curry, the Warriors' one bona fide great player. The poor guy hardly can get his shot. He's passing to open teammates so they'll perform the old flickeroo.

Not Iguodala. It's like he's allergic to scoring. He needs to take 15 shots a game. He needs to contribute, needs to develop an offensive ego. But he's hiding under a rock. Time to come out, Andre.

Iguodala used to score, liked putting ball in hoop. In 2007-08, he averaged almost 20 points for Philadelphia. Before coming to Oakland, he averaged double figures eight of nine seasons. What gives?

At Wednesday's practice, reporters asked Mark Jackson about Iguodala the bashful, Iguodala the non-assertive. Are there more shots for this guy, shots he's not taking?

"We need him to be aggressive," Jackson said. "I thought the foul trouble hurt him (in Game 1), so it's not a fair barometer when you're talking about both games. We need him to be more aggressive whether it be for himself or making plays. If they're going to play Steph that way, then guys got to be live options."

Iguodala has been a dead option. Being a dead option is no longer an option.

Notice Jackson twice said Iguodala needs to be aggressive. Jackson also said the same thing during the season. Look closely at Jackson's words and you realize he's criticizing his starting small forward.

Next question: Does Jackson have plays for Iguodala when Curry gets double-teamed and triple-teamed?


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