San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and referee Nick Buchert (3) share a laugh during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
It’s still up in the air as to whether or not San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will play in game three of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
The Spurs officially changed his status to “questionable” ahead of Sunday’s (PHL time) game.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kawhi Leonard (sprained left ankle) is questionable for tomorrow's Spurs-Warriors game. <br><br>Tony Parker remains out. <a href="https://t.co/6EXDu19QFU">pic.twitter.com/6EXDu19QFU</a></p>— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) <a href="https://twitter.com/spurs/status/865693136475041793">May 19, 2017</a></blockquote>
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“He has a shot [at playing],” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters. “Either he’s going to play or he’s not. Everything else, you just work on what you want to work on.”
Popovich admitted though that the team is thinking in the long-term when it comes to Leonard’s health, saying, “Yeah that’s always a factor, somebody’s health and longevity.”
Leonard, who sprained his ankle in game one, said that the injury was “getting better,” and that he has been receiving treatment instead of practicing.
“Just day-to-day, really,” he said of his status. “[We’ll] see how it feels tomorrow.
“If I feel good [tomorrow], I’m going to play.”
The Warriors for their part said that they’re practicing as if Leonard will be suiting up. Said Steph Curry, “Until we hear otherwise, we prepare as if everybody we’ll play. I’m assuming they’ll do the same with Zaza [Pachulia] and we don’t know what the lineup is for that night, but you’ve got to prepare as if everybody will be available.”
Curry’s teammate, Kevin Durant, was more forceful regarding Leonard’s situation. “Yeah he’s going to play,” Durant predicted. “I’m sure he’s going to play. Game three at home, he’s had a few days rest on that ankle. I know 100 percent sure he’s going to play. I haven’t talked to anybody, but that’s just my gut.”