Kawhi Leonard ruled out for Warriors-Spurs Game 3 with ankle injury

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich announced on Saturday that Kawhi Leonard will not play in Game 3 of Spurs-Warriors due to an ankle injury. This is the same injury that he sustained in Game 5 of the Rockets series, but it was re-aggravated in Game 1 against the Warriors. The Spurs are down 0-2 and without Leonard their chances of staging a comeback look doubtful.

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

San Antonio has been soundly beaten by Golden State ever since Leonard went down. Before the injury San Antonio was giving the Warriors their biggest challenge of the season. Now, with their backs against the wall, the Spurs must find a way to cope without their MVP candidate.

San Antonio has won games without Leonard before. It managed to eliminate the Rockets while Leonard sat out, but Houston is not Golden State. The Warriors are not the type of team that sees a superstar not playing and relaxes, especially at this point of the playoffs. Golden State is going to go out there and take advantage of every mismatch there is.

It's a shame that Leonard is out for what is likely do-or-die time for the Spurs. If they go down 0-3 to Golden State, the series is all but over. San Antonio will need to play some incredible basketball on Saturday night to have a fighting chance. 

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