Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs were rolling in the first half against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals was looking good for the No. 2 seed, right up until Leonard hurt his ankle twice in the span of a few minutes.
The plays came in quick succession early in the third quarter. First, Leonard stepped on a teammate’s foot after hitting a jumper from the left wing.
The still imagery from his turned ankle did not look good.
A few minutes later, Leonard hit a shot from the same area and Golden State’s Zaza Pachulia slid under him without allowing him to land.
Pachulia was called for a foul and Leonard stayed in the game to shoot his free throws in order to remain eligible for the rest of the game. After the foul shots the Spurs subbed Leonard out and he immediately went to the locker room.
San Antonio’s PR staff said Leonard would not return to Game 1.