Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard: 'I'm going to be able to play'

San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard: 'I'm going to be able to play'

They desperately need a highly effective Leonard otherwise a Rockets' blowout in Game 6 feels inevitable.

"I don't feel like I had a huge game". "Some bad memories here". The Spurs do not want to chance another shootout with the Rockets, especially with Leonard hurting.

After Gordon's shot splashed through the net as the shot clock expired, D'Antoni wheeled around and punched the air with his fist.

San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20) reacts after a shot against the Houston Rockets during the second half in game five of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center.

Instead, it turned into what just might be his most painful loss to San Antonio yet.

Last night, the Spurs managed to take a 3-2 lead after an 110-107 overtime win, thanks to a must-watch block by veteran guard Manu Ginobili.

Again, this was Houston's moment.

As for Houston, head coach Mike D'Antoni needs to consider expanding his playoff rotation. C Nene is out for the remainder of the postseason after tearing his left adductor in Game 4.

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San Antonio, meanwhile, played the final minutes of regulation and the overtime period without Leonard, who appeared to twist his left ankle during a drive in the third quarter. Clint Capela finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

"I think we all made a decision to be aggressive", Green said of Leonard's absence, "regardless of what was going to happen".

After trashing the NBA Playoffs Monday for how truly terrible they've been, when blowouts have been the norm rather than nail-biters, we're not here to pile on with the hate because what's there to slander after we got a gritty, gutty performance out of the Spurs to pull out the game sans the services of their MVP candidate? They play great at home. "We're trying to accentuate what we do best, and do it better, and do it longer".

By the fifth game in a series there typically aren't as many adjustments as there were earlier in the round.

Along with the clutch defensive play, Ginobili chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists - and he wasn't even in the Spurs' starting lineup.

San Antonio's scoring was spread throughout the team, with LaMarcus Aldridge adding 18, Danny Green 16 and Patty Mills 20. The Rockets now trail 3-2 " We played well enough to win. "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". Now up 3-2, the elation of the win quickly wears off with Game 6 scheduled for Thursday, and a potential Game 7 looming this weekend. The Spurs played with their two big men for a good chunk of the game, and Houston tried to get one of them switched on to James Harden each time down the floor.

Both teams shot poorly, hitting only 33 percent of three-point shots and missing 54 combined attempts (32 for Houston, 22 for San Antonio). He always competes with Patty and [former Spur] Boris [Diaw] for how many dunks he gets in the season. "We didn't quite get it done". You know, it was hard fought. Aldridge and Leonard, whom Harden had to guard several times after switches, were a combined 0-for-8 against him.

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