ANDRE IGUODALA had a target date in mind to return from a right hamstring injury. The Golden State Warriors have a different one.
"We're in the same chapter," Iguodala said after sitting out yesterday's practice. "Not on the same page."
Iguodala is expected to miss his 11th straight game when the Warriors host the Houston Rockets tonight. He said he hopes to come back "really soon" but will leave the decision up to team trainers.
"We've had some disagreements because some days you feel really good, but your body can trick yourself into thinking you feel all right but it's not really there," Iguodala said. "I guess the good thing is our strength and conditioning guy, he tore his hamstring this summer. He came back four times and tore it four times again. I guess I could listen to him because he's been through it."
Iguodala, who was injured in a loss at the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 22 when he made a sharp cut, said he's shooting the ball well and jumping high. He hasn't tried to change directions or stop and start again - the true tests of whether he can play.
Iguodala's impatience has only grown watching the Warriors' inconsistent play. Golden State (13-10) is 5-5 since he sustained what the team has called a strained hamstring, needing to rally from deficits of 27 and 18 points to win its last two home games over Toronto and Dallas, respectively.
The defense has declined dramatically without Iguodala, who typically guards the other team's best player. The Warriors allowed 96.07 points per game before Iguodala's injury and have given up 104.1 points since.
* Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake will be out at least 6 weeks with a torn ligament in his right elbow.
* Golden State Warriors backup center Jermaine O'Neal is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist today. The team said a timetable for O'Neal's return will be announced following the procedure, which threatens to end his season - and possibly his career.