Iggy Watch: Andre Iguodala's role grows as he leads bench in USA's win against Argentina

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Click on the picture above to see a GIF of Andre Iguodala's worst moment of his best game in the 2012 Olympics, which is still a pretty cool moment.

Andre Iguodala's role with Team USA has been up and down, but in Monday's final game of group play for the Americans, he made a pretty big impression on coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Iguodala led the bench unit in USA's 126-97 dismantling of Argentina, and he might've been the best player on the floor not named Kevin Durant (28 points), LeBron James (18 points, five assists) or Chris Paul (17 points, seven assists). The former Arizona Wildcat scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 20 energetic minutes off the bench.

His biggest impact on the game? Five of those boards were offensive rebounds.

One led to a Durant three-pointer that put the US on top 34-32 at the end of a first quarter that was defined by porous defense by the Americans, which led to 65 percent shooting by Argentina.

[Here's the box score]

Iguodala's usual insertion led to more minutes. Early in the second quarter, his on-the-ball steal led to a fastbreak layup miss by Russell Westbrook, but Iguodala followed the play and finished it with a dunk off the former UCLA Bruin's miss.

Iguodala shot 6-for-9 from the floor, and it would've been seven made field goals had he finished a fastbreak dunk that appeared to go through the net before bouncing off the forward's chest and back out of the cylinder.

Team USA struggled in the first half, leading 60-59 at the half before exploding in the third quarter behind LeBron James' aggressive start. Kevin Durant poured it on as the outside shots opened up, and USA ran away with the game despite 16 points and six assists from Spurs guard Manu Ginobili.

The Americans and Argentinians head to the knock-out bracket next. USA plays Australia in the first game on Wednesday while Argentina faces the Brazilians in the sister bracket, meaning another match-up between the two squads could very well happen.

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