Kawhi Leonard was a welcome sight in the Spurs practice facility Thursday afternoon, but unfortunately he was not taking part in the San Antonio workout that day. Leonard sat out Thursday and worked with trainers on his injured ankle as the Spurs prepped for an important Game 3 at home. If the series so far has been any indication, then the Spurs will need Leonard on the floor to have a shot.
San Antonio gave no hints to the progress of Leonard for Game 3 although coach Gregg Popovich did indicate concern about how the repetitive nature of the injury could force him out even longer than before.
"The thing that worries me is that he did it again, the exact same thing," Popovich said. "So one would logically think maybe it will take longer, but I'm hoping that's not true and we'll have him for Game 3."
However, a concern does not exactly mean Leonard will miss Game 3. Their next game with the Warriors isn't until Saturday, giving San Antonio plenty of time to rest their MVP candidate. They'll most likely re-evaluate him over the next few days and hope he's ready to go by tip off.
The Spurs need Leonard to play if they're going to have any chance in this series. They've been massively outscored ever since Leonard went down with an injury in Game 1. Even with a healthy Leonard there's no guarantee they can win, but it will at least increase their chances.