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."

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