San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was sidelined by an ankle injury during the fourth quarter and overtime session of Game 5 of the team’s 110-107 victory of the Houston Rockets. But he says he’ll return to the court in Game 6.
“I’m going to be able to play,” Leonard insists. “It was frustrating because I wanted to play. But I was happy seeing my teammates out there putting in a good effort and getting the win."
Leonard was injured 5 ½ minutes into the third quarter. He limped off-court at the next break in play, tied his shoe, and returned to the court, but the injury left him ineffective and he was replaced by teammate Manu Ginobili.
Despite repeated efforts to resume play, Leonard’s injury made too big a difference and eventually he was benched for the remainder of the game.
“He didn’t want to come out, obviously,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “We let him play a little while just to see what he was going to be like, but it was obvious that he couldn’t go.”
The Spurs and Rockets, both representing Texas cities, are engaged in a best-of-seven NBA conference semi-finals match. The Spurs lead the series 3-2, with the next game scheduled to be played May 11 in San Antonio.