What determines the date of that first game will be the outcome of the Spurs-Rockets series, which San Antonio now leads 3-2 after beating Houston in overtime on Tuesday night.
Leonard rolled his ankle with 5:37 remaining in the third quarter Tuesday and while he played half of the fourth quarter he was absent for over-time as the Spurs defeated visiting Houston 110-107. Jonathon Simmons was the primary defender for all 4 Harden TO.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Spurs are now 5-0 in games without Leonard and Parker this season. The Beard himself had another impressive performance, going for 30, 10, and 10-as pretty a line as you'll see in the box score, until your finger keeps scrolling to the right and you see that he also finished with nine turnovers.
He said the injury happened while he was playing transition defense.
Patty Mills should lead the San Antonio Spurs at point again in game 6 of the National Basketball Association playoffs against the Houston Rockets.
Leonard insists that he will play on Thursday, but he found himself on the bench down the stretch of Game 5 as he was unable to play at peak effectiveness in a tight game. "It was frustrating because I wanted to play".
The Spurs' Game 5 overtime victory over the Rockets is the type of game where you often do your analysis based on the outcome. The contest was a complete annihilation of the Rockets by the Spurs. Harden had his first triple-double of the series, leading all scorers with 33 points while taking 10 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. "Two All-Stars and even Pau (Gasol), who is 7-foot-something". O yeah and let's not forget that the Spurs closed out game five without Kawhi Leonard. Ginobili has 314 3-pointers in his postseason career, which is third in league history behind Ray Allen (385) and Reggie Miller (320). Ginobili snuck behind Harden and blocked the last shot of the game saving the Spurs from another overtime and winning the game. I saw a switch, but I should have stayed up because (Patrick) Beverley went with LaMarcus and we could have played off that.