Andre Iguodala was the hero for the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, hitting the dagger three-pointer to put the Warriors up five with seven seconds left. The Warriors won the game and evened the series at 1-1.
Iguodala has been playing through a calf injury severe enough that he had to get an MRI after Game 1. On Sunday, Iguodala also took a shot to the head from the Toronto Raptors’ Marc Gasol on a screen and briefly left the game.
After the win, Iguodala was asked what motivates him to continue to play through the pain, particularly amid a fifth straight Finals run. Iguodala gave a surprising answer about wanting to play for Stephen Curry.
“I like Steph,” Iguodala said. “He’s a good dude, good guy to be around. That’s really the only reason why I like playing basketball. That’s the only reason why I play.”
Iguodala said he wanted to defend Curry’s legacy because there are “peers” who criticize Curry and are jealous of his accomplishments.