OAKLAND -- Andre Iguodala is wry, he's dry, and he just isn't the kind of guy to drum his chest and announce he's taking over now.

That's good for the Warriors and for Iguodala in many ways, of course -- his subtle personal style has blended right in with the team's convivial atmosphere this season.

But amid the Clippers' all-out swarming of Stephen Curry in this playoff series, including during Los Angeles' 40-point victory in Game 2, this isn't a subtle moment for the Warriors.

The series is tied 1-1, and this is urgent. Thursday's Game 3 at Oracle Arena is time for money players to step out of the background.

So Iguodala's more obvious talents are being summoned in a very non-subtle way.

"We need him to be more aggressive, whether it be for himself or making plays," coach Mark Jackson said of Iguodala before Wednesday's practice at Oracle Arena. "If they're going to play Steph that way, then guys have got to be live options."

Klay Thompson and David Lee are the Warriors' usual alternate options for volume offense, but they've also run into some issues against the Clippers' size and aggressiveness.

Which leaves Iguodala, who spent a lot of years as a top-option playmaker with Philadelphia and Denver ... but not always seeming to love it.

Then he was acquired -- and given a $48 million deal -- by the Warriors last offseason and happily accepted that Curry, Lee and Thompson were established as the main gunslingers.


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Iguodala's value to the Warriors during the regular season was as a bonus supporting actor -- an elite wing defender, fast-break finisher and overall very popular teammate.

True to that, Iguodala took only six shots apiece in the first two games of this series and scored a combined 12 points without doing much else to hurt the Clippers' D.

That just isn't enough when Curry is dribbling for his life and the Warriors are desperate for willing shooters.

"I'm looking to take more shots every game," Iguodala said. "But just trying to play in the flow of the basketball, not having to force ... and it'll come."

But can he just flip the "go" switch that easily? Iguodala took only 7.3 shots a game this regular season, almost four fewer than his career average.

The Clippers, so far, have bet Iguodala can't or won't.

To start the games, the Clippers have mainly used J.J. Redick to defend Iguodala and rotated like mad as they have pursued Curry all over the floor.

"We put the ball in (Iguodala's) hands and they put (power forward) Blake Griffin on him," Jackson said. "Those plays are opportunities for him to take advantage of the matchups.

"But (Iguodala is) a guy that I know he's going to be fine and I know he's a guy that embraces moments like this. So there's no concern."

Beyond the eagerness to blend in, Iguodala had issues with a strained hamstring and knee tendinitis this season; he never quite seemed to regain the explosion he had at the start of this season.

Iguodala -- who averaged 15.6 shots per game in 2007-08 -- only had five games this season when he took 11 shots or more.

What's relevant now: The Warriors need him to be a dangerous offensive threat against the Clippers.

Last season playing for the Denver Nuggets against the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs, Iguodala took 35 combined shots in the final two games of Golden State's series victory.

"I didn't force it at all, and the ball just seemed to get in my hands last year," Iguodala said. "(This season is) a different situation. But I definitely feel like I have an advantage, and I'll try to take advantage of it."

There's one bit of admitted urgency to this series: Iguodala has said the team is playing to save Jackson's job.

Do you really think that, Andre?

"It's more so just being sarcastic about (the idea that Jackson could be in trouble)," Iguodala said, shrugging his shoulders. "It's funny even to be mentioning it or even be talking about it, with the job that he's done, coming from his first year, increasing the win total every year."

It's not being sarcastic to suggest that a victory in this series would go a long way to giving Jackson and his players a sense of security into the future.

To do that, Jackson needs more from Iguodala -- maybe handling the ball, with Curry and Thompson running off screens at the wings.

And if the Clippers fall off of him to defend the two guards, Iguodala should be wide open.

Also, Iguodala could get a lot more time defending Clippers star point guard Chris Paul.

Or somebody else?

"I like guarding anybody," Iguodala said. "I might guard Blake, you never know."

Iguodala said this with his normal deadpan expression. He was joking but maybe he also was signaling that he knows he's in the spotlight now, and that it's time.

Read Tim Kawakami's Talking Points blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami.

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