Ahead of Game 3 vs Spurs, Iguodala & Zaza at different stages of recovery

Ahead of Game 3 vs Spurs, Iguodala & Zaza at different stages of recovery

SAN ANTONIO -- Though both are listed as questionable for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala and center Zaza Pachulia are at different stages of recovery.

Pachulia was limited during practice Friday, while Iguodala walked out of the session sounding like a man ready to play.

“You’re never 100 percent at this stage of the season,” Iguodala told NBCSportsBayArea.com. “We all have to deal with nagging injuries. But I feel fine.”

Soreness in his left knee forced Iguodala to miss the second half of Game 1 last Sunday and all of Game 2 on Tuesday. He returned to practice Thursday at the team facility prior to the workout Friday in Texas.

Pachulia’s status is a bit more tenuous as he copes with a right heel contusion.

“Andre did some stuff with us today,” acting head coach Mike Brown said. “Zaza didn’t do much.”

If Pachulia, who sustained in the injury in the first quarter of Game 2, is unable to play, the Warriors have several contingencies.

They could start Draymond Green at center, as they did in the second half of Game 2, with Matt Barnes sliding into Green’s power forward spot.

They could leave Green at power forward and turn to JaVale McGee at center. McGee started 10 games in the regular season.

Less likely is the possibility that David West moves into the starting lineup, though he is a third option.

“If (Pachulia) can’t go, we’ll definitely talk about it,” Brown said. “With the roster we have, we have a lot of flexibility. We feel like we could start big if we want to. We still have D-West there. We still have JaVale there. We can go small with Matt Barnes. Depending on what the matchups look like, we’ve started Pat (McCaw) before.

“We feel about the different combinations we can go to, if need be.”

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

LeBron: Chasing Jordan 'my personal goal to keep me motivated'

BOSTON -- LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan's accomplishments is simply personal motivation. It's not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA's greatest player.

James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

If the Cavaliers advance, James would be making a seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

He said his goal is not about passing Jordan in titles, points or MVP awards. James is 28 points shy of overtaking Jordan as the postseason's leading scorer. With 40 more points, James could also become the first player in NBA history to score 6,000 points in the playoffs.

But the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players.

"It's just my personal goal to keep me motivated, that's all," James said. "You guys are gonna have the conversations about who's the greatest of all time and things of that nature, it doesn't matter to me."

He also said he believes that the greatness conversation is discussed more often in the NBA than in other sports.

"It's never talked about (in the) NFL, who's the greatest quarterback. It's just like (Dan) Marino, (John) Elway, (Peyton) Manning, (Tom) Brady - all great quarterbacks. It should be the same for us," James said. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night.

"The comparison of always trying to compare people, either living or still playing or not playing - I think it's great for barbershops."

Mike Brown responds to Tyronn Lue's opinion: 'It's cute'

Mike Brown responds to Tyronn Lue's opinion: 'It's cute'

Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue made headlines on Wednesday.

"The stuff (the Celtics are) running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's (offense) for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing," Lue told reporters.

On Thursday, Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown responded.

"That's his opinion. It's cute," Brown told the media.

If the Cavs beat the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night, it will be Golden State vs Cleveland in the NBA Finals for the third straight year.

More to come...