Kawhi Leonard Ruled Out for Game 4 vs. Warriors After Ankle Injury

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2017

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) walk uproot during the second half of Game 5 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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The San Antonio Spurs will try to keep their season alive without Kawhi Leonard as the All-Star will miss Game 4, per Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.

San Antonio hosts the Golden State Warriors on Monday down 3-0 in the Western Conference Finals.

Leonard was already considered doubtful to play after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury.

"If he's unable to play yesterday, I don't think there's going to be a miraculous healing by tomorrow," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Sunday, per Melissa Rohlin of the San Antonio Express-News.

The 25-year-old initially hurt his ankle during the second round against the Houston Rockets, and he reaggravated the injury in Game 1 against the Warriors. After landing awkwardly on Zaza Pachulia, he was forced out of the game and hasn't appeared since.

San Antonio squandered a 23-point lead after Leonard left the game, costing the No. 2 seed a series-opening win. The team lost the next two contests by a combined 48 points.

Jonathon Simmons and Kyle Anderson will continue to earn playing time at the forward positions, but the Spurs will need a full team effort to extend the series at least another game.   

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