Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Kawhi Leonard Will Play in Game 1 vs. Warriors Despite Ankle Injury

Kawhi Leonard Will Play in Game 1 vs. Warriors Despite Ankle Injury

Time will tell if the Warriors will win Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, and fans are anxious for this exciting match-up in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. This is the first time that Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich will be coaching against a team with this many regular season wins - 67.

The Spurs meet the Warriors in game one of the Conference finals on Sunday. Kawhi Leonard has points 18 points and 8 rebounds while Aldridge has 17 points to lead the Spurs. It is just the second time this decade the best offense and best defense have matched up in the postseason.

Draymond Green gave Golden State the lead for good on a three-point play after the Warriors trailed by as many as 25 points. And they've got all those weapons on the Warriors.

Brown spent part of last season working unofficially alongside Popovich and is now coaching Golden State in place of the ailing Kerr, who attended practice Saturday for the first time in more than three weeks as he recovers from his latest procedure to fix a spinal fluid leak that left him dealing with debilitating symptoms.

Despite Leonard's absence, the Spurs throttled Houston 114-75 in Game 6 at the Toyota Center to advance to their first Western Conference Finals since 2014.

Spurs-Warriors Game 1 Update: Popovich to keep regular starters for Game 1. Following the clincher in Houston, as celebrations echoed throughout the Alamo City, the focus shifted to the Warriors for Spurs sharpshooter Danny Green.

Green has been superb on both ends of the floor in these playoffs so far. Leonard - averaging 27.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the playoffs - suffered the injury when he landed on the foot of Houston's James Harden while turning to run in the third quarter of game five. The Warriors showed their depth and why they got Kevin Durant, as Curry and Thompson had some off nights shooting the ball, but Durant's length and pure athletic ability propelled them to beat the Jazz by double digits. They're not on the Spurs' bench because they can't play basketball.

Iguodala immediately joined the Warriors via trade that offseason. If the series is close, expect this five-man unit to get plenty of minutes especially in closing stretches during the fourth quarter. Leonard may be playing on bad wheels however and the Spurs are going to need him.

One key in this series is going to be whether or not LaMarcus Aldridge is aggressive offensively and scores. "It's a building and an environment, a lot of people out there that I'm very familiar with and keep in touch with numerous guys on their team still".

OddsShark has a line average for Warriors and Spurs Game 1 at -10 for Golden State. If San Antonio wants to hang with Golden State, it'll need someone to emerge as a pleasant surprise in this series. "It was a long series, an exhausting series and now we play at noon, but we're here", Manu Ginobili said. He will likely draw the main assignment of guarding Durant, looking to slow down the Warriors forward from taking over will be the start of any chance the Spurs have at an upset.

"It would be a lot more competitive series than what we should see out West", Sherman said.

San Antonio won the first game.

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