Spurs' Leonard says he will play in Game 6 despite ankle injury
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard says he will play in Game 6 of the team's Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets despite missing a portion of the second half of Game 5 with a left ankle injury.
Leonard was injured with five minutes left in the third quarter and did not play at all in the subsequent overtime period. San Antonio eventually won the game 110–107 in overtime to take a three games to two lead in the best–of–seven series.
"Yeah, I'm going to be able to play," Leonard said. "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 finished the game with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
Game 6 is Thursday in Houston and the winner of the series will take on the Golden State Warriors in the West finals.
"It's going to be tough. They're a great offensive team," Leonard added. "They're a bunch of competitive guys. They play great at home. It's going to be tough. It's going to be about taking care of the ball, playing confident and trying to minimize our mistakes."
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