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Spurs' Leonard will not play Game 3 against Warriors

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Vera Richards | 22 May, 2017, 03:09

With no Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs put up a good fight Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors, but came up short.

Gregg Popovich is certainly one of the best coaches in the game and made some shifts to keep the Spurs in the game, but the injuries to these key players quickly caught up to San Antonio on the court.

"They did a great job and competed really well", Popovich said of Golden State.

The news also took the Spurs by surprise.

"No Kawhi?", Green asked.

"I hired some soothsayers, I channelled Rasputin, and all sorts of things", he joked, "so I think we're ready to go". Leonard missed the game because of his left ankle injury.

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End of 3rd quarter update: Spurs trail Warriors 100-88.

During the first half of Saturday night's Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors, Bertans had the highlight of his young career.

"Not many [organizations do that], not many", Green said. ". It didn't really swell up, it just got stiff". Here, they've done it in the past with Timmy and [Tony] Parker. The star small forward aggravated the injury in Game 1, and has been sidelined since.

Now out for his second straight game, the Spurs will have to try to tread water without Leonard even though they've proved incapable of doing so during the playoffs. He didn't appear to be walking with a limp.

All five Golden State starters finished the game in double figures, including center JaVale McGee, who moved into the starting lineup with center Zaza Pachulia sidelined due to a heel injury. In Leonard's absence, the team has shot 37 percent from the field, including 8-of-30 from 3-point range, while the Warriors are connecting on 57 percent of their shots, including 24-of-54 from deep. Simmons played well in Game 2, scoring a team-high 22 points. "It was embarrassing. That's not who we are".

Curry, though, expects to see a different Spurs team tonight. "But regardless of who's on the floor, we've got to play basketball".

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