San Antonio Spurs All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard is questionable for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, according to The Mercury News reporter Anthony Slater. Here is what Leonard had to say when asked about the injury by journalists.
Kawhi Leonard on his ankle: pic.twitter.com/MFxJHyDNbi— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) May 19, 2017
Leonard has been sidelined since leaving Game 1 midway through the third quarter due to an ankle injury. The injury occurred in a controversial play where Leonard landed on the foot of Warriors center Zaza Pachulia as he was contesting a three-point shot. Numerous people have debated whether Pachulia intentionally placed his foot in a spot that could hurt Leonard. Pachulia was forced to come out and state that he did not try to injure him and that he isn’t a dirty player.
The Spurs went on to lose Game 1 by a score of 113-111. San Antonio was leading by 23 points when Leonard left the game. The Spurs went on to get blown out by the Warriors 136-100 in Game 2 as Leonard was unable to play.
With the team down 2-0 in the series, the Spurs desperately need Leonard to play in order to compete in the series. Without Kawhi playing, Golden State is in position to reach their third straight Finals.
Prior to the injury, Leonard had been a star player this season for the Spurs. He is averaging 25.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this season, earning him an NBA All-First Team selection.
If Leonard is unable to go, the Spurs will look to continue giving Jonathan Simmons significant minutes. Simmons was 8-17 from the field with 22 points in the Spurs Game 2 loss.
Game 3 will take place tomorrow night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
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The Spurs are in BIG trouble if Leonard cannot go. We’ve seen that the team simply isn’t the same without him. Add to that the fact that the Warriors haven’t lost a game this postseason, and the series is essentially over if the Spurs can’t get a win tomorrow.