Spurs' Leonard will not play Game 3 against Warriors

The Spurs looked lifeless in Game 2 and they were dismantled 136-100. At home, were San Antonio is one of the better home teams in the league, you have to like the points here.

Cleveland led by 14 points after one quarter, by a record 41 at the half and by 46 after three. They were outmatched without their best player - arguably the best player in the series - and he knew the beast they were up against. The Cavaliers cruised to a 117-104 win in Game 1 on Wednesday. "I think the last game it definitely worked in their advantage with me getting passive, but next game I won't do that". He's shooting an overall 28 percent in the Western Conference Final. "But that's about all they said about Leonard", Rohlin said.

However, the remaining conference finals games will be played.

About a decade back, Pachulia locked horns with Kevin Garnett in a heated exchange during Game 4 of a playoff series. It is going to happen. He originally suffered injured after Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals. A competitive series hangs in the balance.

Long content to spend big money on their core while using free agency to sprinkle role players around them, the Spurs lavished a max contract on LaMarcus Aldridge, a four-time All-Star from Portland who would join Kawhi Leonard as one of the focal points of the franchise after Tim Duncan retired.

I fully expect San Antonio to show up and give 100% effort regardless of whether Leonard can play or not.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich made the announcement during Saturday's pregame shootaround at the team's facility, saying he made the decision to hold Leonard out.

"A lot of input, if I feel good then I am going to play", Leonard said. Anybody watching that game would not disagree with Popovich's assertion. The Warriors were and are favored in this series for a very good reason, and they can make you look bad when you're not ready to compete against them, especially without your best player.

Leonard attended Friday's workout but didn't participate. There may be a few million viewers turning the channel before tipoff if they find out Leonard is not playing.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Warriors' Andre Iguodala is probable with a sore left knee. Maybe Golden State can figure out a way to slow him down, or San Antonio if it can come back in the West. Yes, things look unlikely, but this series has been very unlikely as a whole so far.

Pachulia, of course, was involved in the play that defined the series to this point.

Klay Thompson (11) and Zaza Pachulia (27) of the Golden State Warriors walks on the court during overtime against the Memphis Grizzles at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.


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