Kawhi says he'll play in Game 6, Spurs list him as questionable


The team that led at the half had won every game in the series until Game 5.

But last night Kawhi Leonard insisted that the decision to sit out most of the 4th quarter and overtime was Gregg Popovich's decision over his objection, which would explain why subbed in and out several times in the final period of regulation. In Game 5, Houston shot 42.4% on 33 open or wide open three-point attempts. However, he committed a game-high nine turnovers. Harden, possibly the league MVP, nearly had a dubious quadruple-double in a losing effort.

So far in the series against the Rockets, Leonard is averaging 23.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game, while playing almost 36 minutes per night.

In San Antonio the Spurs played a tough game against the Houston Rockets, May 9, 2017, Tuesday night. We would have really been in a hole. The All-NBA forward hurt his ankle stepping on Harden in the third quarter and wasn't the same player down the stretch.

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"It's not an empirical formula", Popovich said after practice. So Popovich kept him from being a liability. I saw a switch, but I should have stayed up because (Patrick) Beverley went with LaMarcus and we could have played off that. But nothing to worry about - Danny Green and Ginobili made up for it. Leonard has vowed to be back for Game 6. Houston has to have a victory in Game 6 to keep alive their hopes of reaching the conference finals for the second time in three years. If the Rockets win Thursday, Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday in San Antonio, with the Golden State Warriors waiting in the wings and resting for the Western Conference finals.

"Yeah, I'm gonna be able to play". "But I was happy seeing my teammates out there putting in a good effort and getting the win".

Leonard had 22 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes before exiting with an injured right ankle. Game 6, 8 p.m., ESPN. "If he can't be out there, it's going to be very hard to react to it". "Two All-Stars and even Pau (Gasol), who is 7-foot-something". They never looked back from that point.

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