Kawhi Leonard on status for Game 3: 'It's just questionable for tomorrow'
- Author: Julie Sanders May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 15:07
A San Antonio Spurs fan has filed a lawsuit against the Golden State Warriors and Zaza Pachuila due to the injury to Kawhi Leonard in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
Leonard attended Friday's workout but didn't participate.
How better to erase the memory of losing Game 7 than with a ideal postseason? Pachulia played almost 7 minutes but not the entire second quarter and he didn't return after halftime as Matt Barnes took his place.
Leonard was named first-team All-NBA on Thursday. Leonard injured his ankle after Pachulia came underneath him on a close-out (video here). They clearly carried that confidence into Game 1 and opened up a 25-point lead in the second quarter. He missed the last half of the fourth quarter and all of OT, and did not play in the series-clinching win in Game 6 two nights later.
"Just seeing if I can run and at least be myself on the court", Leonard said.
The Spurs get three days off to lick their wounds and hope Leonard, who sprained a previously injured left ankle in Game 1, can be ready for Game 3 on Saturday. The Warriors came back from a 25-point deficient to win game one of the Western Conference finals by two points.
The Warriors have yet to lose a game in the playoffs this season, and they will put their 10-0 record on the line in Game 3 against the Spurs on Saturday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Breaking news, severe weather, daily forecasts, entertainment news, all of the day's important events to keep you up to date wherever you are.
During the Warriors' Game 1 victory, Pachulia was defending an outside jump shot by the Spurs' Leonard.
The Warriors are deadly from 3-point range, and that's what keeps opening up these chances for them to get layups against the No. 1 defense in the National Basketball Association.
Asked if he thought he would be ready to play in Game 3, Leonard said: "Just day to day, really, see how it feels tomorrow".
The suit, signed by six attorneys from two different firms, seeks a temporary restraining order against Pachulia, claiming his "dirty" play devalued season tickets and Spurs memorabilia.
But the truth is that no matter how much Aldridge raises his game, the Spurs will be hard-pressed to win even one game this series. With Leonard's status still unknown, the Warriors can't proceed as if they have it locked up already. It's a lot easier to do that when we don't have everybody that we need to make plays so they can trap a little more on those guys. You know, I don't understand it. In these playoffs, the Warriors average 57.8 points per game in the first half and allow 51.8 per game, even after both of those numbers were aided by their crushing 72-44 margin in the first half of Game 2.