Spurs order Leonard (ankle) out for Game 3

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SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs announced Saturday they’ve ruled out star brazen Kawhi Leonard for Saturday’s Game 3 of a Western Conference finals opposite a Golden State Warriors due to a left ankle injury.

Spurs conduct manager Gregg Popovich finished a proclamation during Saturday’s pregame shootaround during a team’s facility, observant he finished a preference to reason Leonard out.

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“In a end, we theory it’s my decision,” Popovich said. “He’s not anxious that he’s not playing, though he’s not ready.”

Popovich pronounced second-year male Jonathon Simmons will start in Leonard’s place.

Shooting ensure Danny Green voiced warn per a news.

“No Kawhi?,” Green asked. “There’s still hope. I’m still gonna wish until tipoff that maybe he’ll uncover adult in a cape.”

When Leonard creatively suffered a ankle damage in Game 5 of a Western Conference semifinals opposite a Houston Rockets, a source explained a bar will always prioritize a player’s long-term health over singular games, a authorization use that dates all a proceed behind to a early Tim Duncan years.

Duncan tore a parallel meniscus in his left knee on Apr 11, 2000 in Game No. 78 of a unchanging season, and a damage forced him out of a final 4 games. As a Spurs prepared for a playoffs, Duncan attempted to remonstrate a coronet he could play, though Popovich close down a energy brazen for a playoffs, and a Spurs mislaid that array 3-1 to a Phoenix Suns.

The source pronounced a Duncan conditions started Popovich’s truth of a group always operative to “do what’s best for a player” when traffic with injuries, even if it means sacrificing intensity victories in a playoffs.

Popovich reliable that avowal Saturday when asked if Leonard’s long-term health came into play when he finished a final call.

“Sure, that’s a partial of a decision-making process,” Popovich said.

Green explained that San Antonio’s proceed to prioritizing a player’s long-term health sets it detached from other organizations around a league.

“Not many [organizations do that], not many,” Green said. “You’ll see guys go out there with damaged bones, blank fingers, only to get them by it or get them into a diversion since they don’t wish to disaster adult a rhythm, a flow, a chemistry and give their group a chance. Here, they’ve finished it in a past with Timmy and [Tony] Parker. If guys are hurt, prolonged term, a bigger design is what matters here. They caring about guys’ bodies and careers.”

Leonard reinjured a ankle Sunday during a second half of San Antonio’s Game 1 detriment to a Warriors. Popovich mentioned after Game 1 that he expected Leonard’s liberation to take longer than when he creatively suffered a damage in Game 5 of a Western Conference semifinals.

The Warriors lead a Western Conference finals 2-0.

Leonard attended Friday’s examination though didn’t participate. He didn’t seem to be walking with a limp.

Since Leonard over Game 1 with 7:54 left in a third quarter, a Warriors have outscored a Spurs 194-133. In Leonard’s absence, a group has shot 37 percent from a field, including 8-of-30 from 3-point range, while a Warriors are joining on 57 percent of their shots, including 24-of-54 from deep.

“We had a bad tour in Game 2,” Popovich said. “It was embarrassing. That’s not who we are. So we’ll see how we come out tonight.”

The bar is also but maestro indicate ensure Parker, who ruptured a quadriceps tendon opposite a Rockets in a discussion semifinals.

“With no Kawhi, it’s gonna be tough,” Green said. “But regardless of who’s on a floor, we’ve got to play basketball.”

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