Spurs' Leonard will not play Game 3 against Warriors

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The final quarter was more competitive with the Spurs playing even with the Warriors.

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will not play against Golden State in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals because of a sprained left ankle.

Michelle Beadle might be one of the few things worth watching in the Western Conference Finals. In game 2, the San Antonio Spurs' offense never got going as it scuffled through a lackadaisical effort. Unfortunately, you will be needing an authentication with your cable provider should you want to watch Warriors vs. Spurs Game 3 live stream on Watch ESPN. Golden State may win, but I see the Spurs covering. Given the 90-game sample size we've had for these Warriors, I tend to believe that's closer to the truth than the alternative. We answered a lot of challenges throughout the course of the playoffs and learned a lot of lessons through winning.

And they've done it against a well-oiled machine in the Spurs.

This was the Spurs' chance to claw their way back into the series, but by the middle of the fourth quarter they appeared spent.

Golden State's high scorer was Kevin Durant, who finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds.

National Basketball Association fans have suffered through three obliterations after a thrilling Game 1 between the Spurs and Warriors at Oracle Arena last Sunday. The Warriors outshot San Antonio 54.8 percent to 47.3 percent from the floor.

"We know it's going to be very tough". Joel Anthony had to take a free throw in place of Lee, who was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair. His status is unknown. "I'm going to play through it and I'm going to be all right". Sometimes it's just best to move on, grab that little extra rest, get out of your own head and save face for the next game. Not ideal, but better than running around trying to cover someone that's always going to be open.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made the announcement during Saturday morning's shootaround, telling reporters he made the decision to hold out Leonard. But a late first-half run by the Warriors and suddenly the Dubs were up nine heading into halftime.

Leonard reinjured the ankle Sunday during the second half of San Antonio's Game 1 loss to the Warriors. Andre Iguodala, who missed Game 2 with a sore left knee, is probable. Kevon Looney (left hip strain) has not played in the post-season. In Games 1 and 2 against the Spurs, he totaled seven points and five rebounds in a combined 15 minutes.

If Leonard returns, this series gains a bump in intrigue and the Spurs become a far more serious threat.

Popovich said he considered Leonard's long-term health when making the decision to sideline Leonard for Game 3. 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.

The Spurs looked like an entirely different team without Kawhi Leonard in Game 2.

"I tried my best and they still doubled and clogged from the elbow, tried to make things hard", Aldridge said. Cleveland took down Boston by 44 points on Friday and I'm sure the Warriors took note. They claim that Zaza acted "without excuse or justification, intentionally and maliciously invaded the landing zone of an opposing athlete, Kawhi Leonard". He scored 11 points of his 16 points in the game's first seven minutes.

Leonard was asked what input he would have on whether he would play Saturday. "If it's not, great too", Ginobili said. "Today, I just happened to make a couple".

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