Report: Kawhi Leonard will play in Game 1 vs. Warriors Sunday


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Kawhi Leonard will be good to go for Game 1 against the Warriors Sunday in Oakland. ESPN got the story officially.

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will face the Golden State Warriors Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference finals, according to ESPN’s Michael C. Wright.

Leonard, who injured his left ankle on Tuesday, could have played in Thursday night’s semifinals-clinching 114-75 win over the Houston Rockets if needed, but the Spurs decided they’d rather have him healthy for Sunday, Wright reported.

Sitting Leonard in Game 6 was a gamble by Popovich and he won big — San Antonio got the win without Leonard and that means four days off and treatment on the ankle before Game 1.

The Spurs are going to need Leonard to be healthy and MVP-level brilliant to have a shot against the Warriors next round.