Gregg Popovich confirms: Kawhi Leonard will play Game 1 of Spurs-Warriors

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An anonymously sourced report said Kawhi Leonard will play Game 1 of Spurs-Warriors tomorrow.

But Leonard himself said he’d play in Game 6 of Spurs-Rockets and didn’t.

So, if you want more confirmation for the conference finals…

Melissa Rohlin of the San Antonio Express-News:

Kawhi Leonard has been cleared to play in Game 1 of the Spurs’ Western Conference Finals series against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland on Sunday.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Leonard “absolutely” fully participated in Saturday’s practice in San Antonio.

San Antonio finished off Houston without Leonard, but that was a sample of one game, and Golden State if far superior to the Rockets. The Spurs will need Leonard’s two-way brilliance against the Warriors.

Leonard could spend time on Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. So much of San Antonio’s offense relies on Leonard isolations, a key play for slowing the pace against up-tempo Golden State.

The Warriors are favored in this series regardless, but a healthy Leonard gives the Spurs a little more of a chance.