Golden State will march into its NBA Finals three-match with Cleveland this week with its strongest team yet.
But that doesn't mean the Warriors are without weaknesses. The Warriors weak spot very well may be the health of Andre Iguodala.
"It's good," Iguodala said when asked how he's feeling.
"Right now it's just time you have to block out everything. Seems like a long time, but I view pain as a good thing. Anything that's painful, whether it's mentally or physically, is part of the process, and that's the reward when the goal is completed."
The 33-year-old forward has been, for years, one of the best options in the NBA to defend James. Iguodala's combination of size (6-foot-6, 215 pounds), smarts and athleticism gives him as good a chance as anyone of trying to slow down the unstoppable force that James is on a basketball court. That was a big reason he was named Finals MVP when the Warriors won the title two years ago.
But Iguodala's back betrayed him as the Finals wore on last year. And during these playoffs, Iguodala hasn't looked healthy.
He has struggled with his shot during the postseason, going 3-for-27 from three-point range.
Iguodala insists he is all right, and he will be ready to go when the Finals begin Thursday night.
"I feel fine," he said. "Taking it one day at a time as far as preparation and staying locked in, scouting, trying to pick up a new tendency every day and trying to be ready."