Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard says knee and ankle injuries won’t keep him from Game 6

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SAN ANTONIO — Fighting by an ankle injury, San Antonio Spurs brazen Kawhi Leonard sat out many of a fourth entertain and didn’t take a justice for overtime of his team’s 110-107 win over a Houston Rockets, though he insisted he’ll play Thursday in Game 6.

“Yeah, I’m going to be means to play,” Leonard said. “It was frustrating given we wanted to play. But we was happy saying my teammates out there putting in a good bid and removing a win.”

Leonard suffered a left ankle damage during a 5:37 symbol of a third quarter, when he came down on a feet of James Harden as a brazen was branch to run adult a court. Leonard immediately limped behind to a dais during a subsequent blocking in play, retied his shoe and re-entered a game, though he was mostly ineffectual on both ends of a floor.

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Spurs manager Gregg Popovich wasn’t certain how Leonard’s damage competence impact a group going into Thursday’s Game 6 in Houston, though he pronounced a 25-year-old brazen asked to stay in a diversion before a staff done a preference to lift him.

“He’s had issues, and we could tell only before he took a integrate of shots he jumped off one foot,” Popovich said. “He didn’t wish to come out, obviously. We let him play a small while only to see what he was going to be like, though it was apparent that he couldn’t go. So we consider everybody else picked it adult unequivocally well.”

Manu Ginobili transposed Leonard in a lineup with 4:57 to play, though Leonard re-entered a diversion with 2:59 remaining. Leonard left for good with 34.5 seconds remaining in regulation.

“It was tough when we saw Kawhi kind of limping,” Ginobili said. “We knew it was going to be a tough one. But they had it tough, too, and they’re blank Nene, too. We unequivocally hustled down a widen and done some good plays.”

Ginobili finished with 12 points and had a game-sealing retard of a Harden 3-point try during a finish of overtime.

Now Leonard will ready for Game 6 after withdrawal Tuesday’s diversion with 22 points and 15 rebounds, his many play in a playoff diversion given Game 7 of a 2013 NBA Finals, when he had 16.

“It’s going to be tough. They’re a good descent team,” Leonard said. “They’re a garland of rival guys. They play good during home. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be about holding caring of a ball, personification assured and perplexing to minimize a mistakes.”

The Spurs lead a best-of-seven array 3-2, and Ginobili pronounced he doesn’t even wish to contemplate a Game 6 but Leonard in a fold. After a game, a training staff put a integrate ankle braces in Leonard’s locker, and when he returned from a training room for a event with a media, a brazen didn’t travel with a conspicuous limp.

“I don’t even wish to consider about it given Kawhi became a go-to guy, a 3 guy, 3 defender, rebounder,” Ginobili said. “He does a ton of things for us. If he can’t be out there, it’s going to be unequivocally tough to conflict to it. For sure, it’s going to be a tough conflict over there.”


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