Report: Kawhi Leonard did not practice Thursday, questionable for Game 3
In the midst of their second of three days off between Games 2 and 3 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals, the San Antonio Spurs still don’t have much of an update on the injury status of MVP candidate and star Kawhi Leonard.
The Spurs practiced on Thursday afternoon, and according to Michael C. Wright of ESPN, Leonard, the session did not include Leonard, who is still recovering from left ankle sprains suffered just minutes apart in Game 1 of the series in Oakland, CA.
Leonard came down on a corner-three point attempt in front of his team’s bench and took a step back, but rolled his ankle on teammate David Lee’s foot. After appearing to be able to play through it, Leonard remained in the game and took a fadeaway jumper from a same spot about a minute and a half later. Only this time, he had Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia dangerously undercut him, causing Leonard to land on Pachulia’s foot and roll the same ankle.
“The thing that worries me is that he did it again, the exact same thing,” said head coach Gregg Popovich said. “So one would logically think maybe it will take longer, but I’m hoping that’s not true and we’ll have him for Game 3.”
In seven playoff games this season, Leonard averaged 27.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.7 steals per game on 52% shooting. He was a huge part in the Spurs taking a 25-point lead on the rod in Golden State, and realistically, the Spurs stand no chance against the Warriors without their MVP.