Zaza Pachulia expected to be enemy No. 1 for Spurs fans

“Golden state” and “San Antonio” continue to challenge the ticket to the NBA finals from the Western conference

“Golden state” and “San Antonio” continue to challenge the ticket to the NBA finals from the Western conference

Injured All-Star Kawhi Leonard remains in doubt as the San Antonio Spurs prepare to face the Golden State Warriors in game three of the Western Conference finals.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich made the announcement during Saturday morning's pregame shootaround.

The Spurs signed him to a four-year, $80 million deal to take some of the scoring burden off of aging stars Duncan, who retired last summer, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

I fully expect San Antonio to show up and give 100% effort regardless of whether Leonard can play or not.

The Warriors still have two players of their own with unclear injury statuses, as Pachulia has a heel contusion that caused him to leave Game 2 early and Andre Iguodala has a sore knee that held him out of Game 2 entirely.

"Think Game 1 was tough?"

"At Spurs practice Thursday, the players said Leonard was in the building".

"Sure, that's a part of the decision-making process", Popovich said. San Antonio is 69-27 overall, 36-11 at home and 49-45-2 against the spread.

"Not many [organizations do that], not many", Green said.

Leonard's All-NBA honors mark the 20th consecutive season the Spurs have had a player named to an All-NBA Team. Here, they've done it in the past with Timmy and [Tony] Parker.

Leonard helped lead the Spurs to a 61-21 record this year, marking the first time in franchise history that San Antonio has won 60 games or more in back-to-back seasons.

The Spurs watched Game 1 turn when superstar small forward Kawhi Leonard went down with an ankle injury and are hoping he can return to the lineup for Game 3, though a change in attitude is necessary whether or not Leonard is on the floor.

The 2017 NBA Playoffs roll on as the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, on a collision course for a third consecutive time, are both favoured to take 3-0 leads in their respective conference finals series at the end of the weekend.

The ESPN network executives probably said a few prayers for Leonard's health before bed Friday night. He didn't appear to be walking with a limp. He returned in Game 1 of the Warriors series and had 26 points and eight rebounds before hurting the ankle again.

National Basketball Association fans have suffered through three obliterations after a thrilling Game 1 between the Spurs and Warriors at Oracle Arena last Sunday.

"But offensively, I think it's a combination of them playing good defense and also us not finding our chemistry, not finding our rhythm, and not knowing where to be with two of our main playmakers not there", Green said. "Luckily we had Kawhi who was going through the roof. So LaMarcus was a huge opportunity for us to try to convince him to come".

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