Jackson expects Douglas to return before Iguodala

Jackson expects Douglas to return before Iguodala
December 3, 2013, 6:45 pm
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If I had to take a guess I would say Toney would be back before Andre.
Mark Jackson

OAKLAND – For those anxiously waiting for the Warriors to return to something close to full strength, coach Mark Jackson has a message: Keep waiting.

Keep waiting for the return of backup point guard Toney Douglas, and expect to wait a little longer to see starting forward Andre Iguodala back on the court.

"If I had to take a guess," Jackson said, "I would say Toney would be back before Andre."

Meanwhile, third-string point guard Nemanja Nedovic tweaked an ankle while warming up three hours before Tuesday's game against Toronto. Jackson said Nedovic initially was "questionable," before being upgraded to "probable" an hour later.

Iguodala, out since Nov. 22 with a strained left hamstring, has spent this week working on the side during practices and actually took the court to warm up prior to Tuesday's game against Toronto.

But he's not yet ready to practice, and likely will miss a few more games.

Douglas, out since Nov. 9 with a stress reaction in his left tibia, is progressing better than Iguodala and possibly could resume full practice this week.

"He's been working extremely hard since he's been away," Jackson said. "He's getting closer and closer. The gap between games is going to help. And hopefully, by Friday, he's feeling better and we'll make a decision."

Both are missed. The absence of Iguodala puts a premium on Douglas, as they are the second and third options to run the offense behind starting point guard Stephen Curry. The Warriors are 2-3 since Iguodala went down in a loss to the Lakers.

After tonight's game vs. Toronto, the Warriors embark on a three-game road trip at Houston (Friday), Memphis (Saturday) and Charlotte (Monday).