Kawhi Leonard out for Game 3 vs. Warriors

Kawhi Leonard
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard warms up before Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON/AP) – Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has ruled Kawhi Leonard out for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals because of a sprained left ankle.

“Kawhi is out,” Popovich said. “I spoke to Kawhi, we spoke to everybody, we all speak about it,” Popovich said. “In the end, I guess it’s my decision. He’s not thrilled he’s not playing, but he’s not ready.”

Leonard initially injured the ankle against Houston in Game 5 of their second-round series on May 9 after inadvertently stepping on James Harden’s foot while in transition.

In Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday, he re-injured his ankle in the third quarter when he came down from a jumper and landed on Warriors center Zaza Pachulia’s foot.

Leonard didn’t return, giving Golden State an opening for an 18-0 run and a 113-111 comeback victory.

With San Antonio still missing their MVP candidate, the Warriors went on to win Game 2 by a 36 point margin, 136-100, at Oracle Arena.

The series goes back to San Antonio tonight for Game 3.

Tip off is 6:00 p.m.

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