Andre Iguodala recalls ‘two key moments’ that led to Warriors’ Game 1 loss

In his impressive 18-year career, Andre Iguodala has made seven NBA Finals appearances and is in the midst of his sixth trip with the Warriors.

That being said, the three-time champion has an invaluable feel for the game — something that allowed him to pinpoint where it all went wrong for Golden State on Thursday night as they lost Game 1 of the Finals to the Boston Celtics at the Chase Center.

Iguodala shared his thoughts after the game on the Point Forward podcast, where he told his co-host Evan Turner how the Warriors went from good to bad during the 120-108 loss. The game was the 38-year-old’s first appearance since the opening round of the NBA playoffs when he was out with a neck injury.

“Well, it was two key moments, and I asked myself that question a couple of times in the key moments — you know how I get, I can think too deeply,” Iguodala said, noting he wondered if that was the case War Warriors were “bad for basketball” as they took a 10-point lead in the first half.

But after they quickly took the lead, the flow of the game changed.

“We went up 10 in the first half and I was like, ‘Okay, this next minute is important,'” Iguodala said.

47-37 by just over seven minutes in the second quarter, untimely turnovers and missed shots by Golden State over the next 120 seconds allowed Boston to push back and pull forward.

“That’s what inexperienced people need to understand about our bank,” Iguodala continued. “To go 10 up the next minute is super important, like two or three possessions to make sure the boys aren’t going to stop coming at us. These boys will come again and again and again and they will keep pushing.

“We don’t need to speed things up…Simplify the game. Going up by 10 means you’re simplifying even more. Now you’re really trying to date a single. You’re not aiming for home runs, you’re not aiming for triples, you’re not trying to steal bases… [There were] A few little things you can’t see unless you’re one of us, you know the game. It affects the game and it’s like, ‘C’mon man’.”

Less than two at the half, Iguodala was angered by the playful lead. But then Golden State jumped back up with an incredible third quarter that saw the team end up 15 points clear of Boston.

“We went up 15, 14, whatever it was. And I was like, ‘All we need is one game, we can KO them with a layup,’” recalled Iguodala.

Jordan Poole grabbed a defensive rebound, but Jayson Tatum stole the ball and dealt it to Jaylen Brown, who made the layup Iguodala was hoping for on the Golden State side. From there, the momentum shifted again in favor of the Celtics.

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“It was like ‘boom, boom,'” Iguodala said. “These things that the naked eye can’t see that you and I know about. And that’s what we mean by how the dynamics can change.”

After the Celtics roared back to win the game in the fourth quarter, momentum is certainly on their side going into Game 2 at the Chase Center on Sunday.

And the second game of the series seems a must for the Warriors, as no NBA team has ever won the Finals after losing the first two games at home.

However, if anyone is up for the challenge, it’s Golden State and its championship DNA.

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