If the Spurs are going to hold home court and make this an exciting Western Conference Finals, Kawhi Leonard is going to have to be a part of it and play on Saturday in Game 3.
The Spurs practiced Thursday, and nothing should make Spurs fans optimistic. From Melissa Rohlin of the San Antonio Express-News.
At Spurs practice Thursday, the players said Leonard was in the building. But that’s about all they said about Leonard, the Spurs’ leading scorer and two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year, who missed Game 2 because of a sprained left ankle.
“He was sitting nicely on the sideline,” Pau Gasol said.
Leonard missed Game 6 against the Rockets last round because of a sprained ankle, but was back for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals last Sunday. He played brilliantly and was +21 in 24 minutes before he had to leave the game after re-spraining his left ankle twice. The first time he stepped on the foot of David Lee (who was on the bench) while trying to run upcourt. Leonard came back in the game but later rolled his ankle again after Zaza Pachulia slid under him on a jump shot and took away Leonard’s landing space on a controversial play.
The Warriors have battled injuries as well, although not to their core players.
Andre Iguodala and Pachulia both missed Game 2 but were practicing Thursday and could be on the court when the series resumes Thursday night. From Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Expect the Warriors to go easy on Iguodala’s minutes if they don’t need him this round, he will play a much bigger role in the Finals if the Warriors face off again against the Cavaliers as expected.