Spurs vs Rockets Game 6: Kawhi Leonard will not play

The San Antonio Spurs will play the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the Western Conference playoffs without Kawhi Leonard because of left ankle injury.

According to San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, “Kawhi is out”. In the absence of Leonard, Jonathan Simmons will be start in this game.

“It’s not an empirical formula,” Popovich said after practice. “You watch, you feel, you talk to the player and you come to a decision. Going to take as much time as possible, see what he feels like, see what I see and make a decision.”

The Spurs will play out the circumstances without two stars namely Leonard and Tony Parker, who suffered an injury earlier in the playoffs. With the Spurs winning Game 5, they can close out the series in Houston. Leonard is averaging 27.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the playoffs for San Antonio. Those numbers are big to be filled up by the entire team.

It’s a question of who will step up for the Spurs again. Manu Ginobli played tremendously great in Game 5 that he lifted his team into victory. While we haven’t seen the dominance of DeMarcus Russell, his scoring is needed tonight.

The Rockets will try to force a Game 7 as they couldn’t keep up in OT in the previous game. James Harden will always anchor this team and he is ready to play with passion again. Harden is averaging 30.3 points and 8.6 assists per game in the postseason.

Lou Williams and Eric Gordon will always provide the necessary scoring for the Rockets. They are averaging a combine of 26.6 points per game in the playoffs. As a matter of fact, the Rockets have seven players averaging at least 9.8 points per game in the postseason.

Spurs vs Rockets game 6 is televised on ESPN starting at 8:00 PM ET.

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