Spurs announce Kawhi Leonard is questionable for Game 3 vs. Warriors
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The Spurs have been without Leonard for the better part of a game-and-a-half after “re-re-injuring” his sprained left ankle with two separate rolls — one backing up against his own bench after a corner three, and the other after being undercut and landing awkwardly after an aggressive Zaza Pachulia shot-contest.
San Antonio struggled mightily without Leonard in Game 2, losing 136-100 with a deflated starting lineup that saw no one but his replacement, Jonathon Simmons (22 points), score in double figures.
Head coach Gregg Popovich called out his team following the loss, honing into specifically LaMarcus Aldridge, who he offered “needs to score more” in order for the Spurs to have a chance in this series.
Pop estimated this ankle injury would take more time to heal than the one he suffered during Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets.
Leonard suffered the injury at the 7:54 mark of the third quarter of Game 1, leaving shortly after knocking down a pair of free throws and finishing with 26 points before his permanent exit.
The difference without The Klaw in the lineup has been a vast one, as San Antonio shot 37 percent from the field, including 8-of-30 from deep, while Golden State connected on 57 percent of their shots from the field, including an incandescent 24-of-54 from beyond the arc.