Kawhi Leonard 'day to day,' questionable for Game 3
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 23:25
Instead, we begin Game 3 with the Spurs needing four wins in five games against a team on the best three-year run in National Basketball Association history.
Leonard aggravated his left ankle injury on Sunday in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series when he landed on Pachulia's foot after taking a jump shot early in the third quarter.
Though Leonard called it a clean play, Popovich said Monday that Pachulia's close-out was "dangerous" and "unsportsmanlike," while citing the big man's history as an allegedly dirty player. Starting the postseason with 10 straight wins, Golden State has beaten their playoff opponents by an average of 17 points per game.
It's hard to make a Game 3 prediction without knowing if Kawhi Leonard is going to play.
"We never felt like we're out of the game", said Draymond Green.
"We've had a pretty damn good season. We struggled in multiple ways, and we really need to take the next one here at home". "Just depends on how the ankle heals", Popovich said. "The truth always quote-un-quote sets you free. So, you know, that's just my mindset at the moment, just trying to get better". We didn't come to play. "That's how we feel".
Leonard is expected to play game three. TV replays showed Warriors center Zaza Pachulia undercutting Leonard as he contested the shot.
An X-ray on Pachulia's bruised right heel was clear but he was scheduled for an MRI on Wednesday.
Leonard scored 26 points in 24 minutes before leaving the opener and power forward LaMarcus Aldridge tried to pick up the slack while posting 28 points but missed a tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds.
Curry was six-for-nine shooting on three-pointers to lead seven Warriors in double figures. ESPN's online experts predicated unanimously, 22-0, that the Spurs would lose to the Warriors. We've played fairly well in the playoffs. and we're up 23 points in the third quarter against Golden State, and Kawhi goes down like that. "Just depends on how the ankle heals", Popovich said. I'm like, 'Hey, I'm being bullied by Oakland PD or San Francisco PD in my own building, my own parking lot.' So I start to go a little bit and another one pulls up: 'Hey, you, you heard him, stop!'
"I think he's got a major responsibility in Game 3 to come out and get something done, whether it's for himself or teammates", Popovich said. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Leonard said, regarding his availability, "it's just questionable". Patty Mills, playing in place of the injured Tony Parker, had another quiet night.
Warriors: Kerr attended his second game this series but again watched behind the scenes as he recovers from a May 5 procedure at Duke University to fix a spinal fluid leak.
Only two wins stand between Golden State and this season's NBA Finals right now-Golden State versus the victor of the Cleveland-Boston matchup.