“It woudn’t make much sense” for Kawhi Leonard to suit up in tonight’s Game 4, according to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
With the Warriors holding a commanding 3-0 series lead, Pop isn’t holding out hope for the superstar forward’s sprained left ankle to suddenly heal.
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Golden State is looking to put San Antonio out of their misery, and move on to the NBA Finals.
Per the Express-News:
“It wouldn’t make much sense,” Popovich said of playing Leonard in Game 4. “If he’s unable to play yesterday, I don’t think there’s going to be a miraculous healing by tomorrow.”
Leonard, who tweaked his already sprained ankle in the third quarter of Game 1 of the series after landing on Zaza Pachulia’s foot, missed the rest of that game and without him, the Warriors used an 18-0 run to overcome a 25-point deficit to win, 113-111. Leonard also missed the Spurs’ 136-100 loss to the Warriors in Game 2, and their 120-108 loss in Game 3.
Popovich even mustered up a bit of humor, joking that the Spurs have the Warriors right where they want them.
“Those guys were out til 4 last night, eating sundaes and eating burgers and all of that,” he said. “They’ll probably get up today at about 2 in the afternoon. They’re going to play poker all afternoon, stay out again tonight, and we’ll have our way with them.”