Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes before exiting with an injured right ankle in Game 5 against the Rockets. He stepped on Harden’s foot while running back in transition with 5:37 left in the third quarter and then played limited minutes before sitting out overtime.
“It was frustrating because I wanted to play,” Leonard said. “But I was happy seeing my teammates out there putting in a good effort and getting the win.”
Leonard said he will play in Game 6 on Thursday in Houston.
As for Game 5, that’s when Danny Green and the Spurs’ supporting cast stepped up with Leonard on the bench.
Green scored seven of his 16 points in overtime and made a go-ahead 3-pointer and converted a three-point play to make it 109-107 Spurs with 30.1 seconds left in overtime. He also made a foul shot down the stretch to help San Antonio hold on.
“I think we all made a decision to be aggressive,” Green said of Leonard’s absence, “regardless of what was going to happen. We weren’t going to lose the game being on our heels.”
The Spurs hope they won’t have to deal with Leonard’s absence much longer.