SACRAMENTO -- Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Sunday that injured Andre Iguodala, who did not make the trip for Sunday's game against the Sacramento Kings, is getting "closer and closer" to returning.

"We'll stay true to the process as usual and look forward to having him back," Jackson said of Iguodala, who suffered a strained left hamstring against the Lakers on Nov. 22, the latest setback for an injury-plagued Warriors squad.

Harrison Barnes has excelled stepping in for Iguodala, but his move to a starting role has created a void on the bench.

The Warriors have lost five of six games overall, including winning just one of their last four without Iguodala.

"It's think it's pretty obvious," Jackson said before Sunday's game of the impact of Iguodala's absence. "He's a bigtime playmaker on the offensive end. He's another ball-handler for us. He's a guy that has an extremely high IQ, understanding the offensive end and the defensive end. He helps out depth also, because now you bring Harrison off the bench. Now you have, I don't want to say no nowhere to go with Harrison not on the bench, but that hurts us.

"We went and got him for a reason, and when we don't have him we're still a good basketball team, but we're not the same team."



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