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Manu Ginobili Undecided About Retirement

May 23, 2017 10:12 AM

Manu Ginobili is unsure if he will continue his career in 17-18 or retire as he turns 40 this summer.

The San Antonio Spurs started Ginobili in a playoff game in Game 4 for the first time since 2013.

"I do feel like I can still play," Ginobili said. "But that's not what is going to make me retire or not. It's about how I feel -- if I want to go through all that again. It felt like they wanted me to retire, like they were giving me sort of a celebration night. And of course, I'm getting closer and closer. There is no secret, for sure. It's getting harder and harder. But I always said that I wanted to let it sink in for three weeks, four weeks, whatever, and then I will sit with my wife and see how it feels.

"Whatever I decide to do, I'll be a happy camper. I have to choose between two wonderful, truly wonderful options. One is to keep playing in this league at this age, enjoying every day, playing the sport I still love. The other one is to stay at home, be a dad, travel more, enjoy my family. Whatever it is, it's two unbelievable options. So there is no way I can be sad, because whatever I decide, it's going to be great."

Gregg Popovich said he won't try to persuade Ginobili to continue playing.

"If he decides to play again, that's up to him," Popovich said. "But I won't try to convince him one way or the other. I don't think he needs that."

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Kawhi Leonard Ruled Out For Game 4

May 22, 2017 7:21 PM

Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out by the San Antonio Spurs for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

Leonard has been out since the second half of Game 1 with an ankle injury.

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David Lee Diagnosed With Partially Torn Patellar Tendon In Left Knee

May 21, 2017 3:34 AM

David Lee has been diagnosed with a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee.

Lee will undergo an MRI to confirm the injury.

Lee injured the knee with 2:57 remaining in the first quarter, after he scored on a layup contested by Draymond Green.

Lee winced in pain immediately upon landing, and he was down on the floor near the tunnel leading out toward the locker rooms.

The San Antonio Spurs are already without Tony Parker for the remainder of the playoffs, while Kawhi Leonard has sat out Games 2 and 3.

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Kawhi Leonard Won't Play In Game 3

May 20, 2017 3:11 PM

Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

Leonard aggravated his ankle injury in the second half of Game 1.

Leonard previously sat out Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals and Game 2 of the current series.

The San Antonio Spurs trail the Warriors 0-2 heading into Game 3.

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Kawhi Leonard Doesn't Practice, Remains Questionable For Game 3

May 19, 2017 1:28 AM

Kawhi Leonard remains questionable for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday.

Leonard was at the San Antonio Spurs' practice facility on Thursday but did not participate in the workout.

"He was sitting nicely on the sidelines. It's going well, as well as it can go," Pau Gasol said. "We have a good training staff. He's working with them and trying to get that ankle right. That's what I know."

Leonard reinjured his left ankle during the third quarter of Game 1. Leonard sat out Game 2 on Tuesday.

"The thing that worries me is that he did it again, the exact same thing," Popovich said. "So one would logically think maybe it will take longer, but I'm hoping that's not true and we'll have him for Game 3."

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Kawhi Leonard Out For Game 2, Questionable For Game 3

May 16, 2017 8:03 PM

The San Antonio Spurs held out Kawhi Leonard from Game 2 due to an aggravated ankle injury.

Gregg Popovich also announced Leonard is questionable for Game 3 on Saturday.

Jonathon Simmons was inserted into the starting lineup in place of Leonard.

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Gregg Popovich Critical Of Zaza Pachulia Undercutting Leonard

May 16, 2017 2:14 AM

Gregg Popovich criticized the defensive play by Zaza Pachulia on Kawhi Leonard when he stepped into his landing space following a jump shot. Leonard aggravated his ankle injury and left the game after the play.

"Two step, lead with your foot closeout, is not appropriate. It’s dangerous, it’s unsportsmanlike, it’s just not what anybody does to anybody else," said Popovich.

"This particular individual has a history of that kind of action. You can go back and look at Dallas games for elbowing Patty Mills. The play where he took Kawhi down and locked his arm in Dallas, and could’ve broken his arm. Ask David West, his current teammate, how things went when Zaza was playing for Dallas, and he and David got into it.

"And then think about the history he’s had, and what that means to a team, when it happens last night. Totally unnatural closeout that the league has outlawed years ago and pays great attention to, and Kawhi’s not there.

"And you want to know how we feel about it? You want to know if it lessens our chances or not? We’re playing very possibly the best team in the league. We don’t know what’s going to happen in the East. And 9.75 people out of 10 will figure the Warriors will beat the Spurs. Well, we’ve had a pretty damn good seasons, we’ve played fairly well in the playoffs, and I think we’re getting better. We’re up 23 points in the third quarter and Kawhi goes down, like that. And you want to know if our chances are less? And you want to know how we feel? That’s how we feel."

Pachulia has contended he meant no harm by the dangerous play.

"Who gives a damn about what his intent was. You ever heard of manslaughter? You still go to jail, I think, when you’re texting and you kill someone. All I care is all I saw. All I care about is what happened. And the history there exacerbates the whole situation and makes me very angry."

Longtime Spurs' player Bruce Bowen was defended by Popovich in the past for similar actions.

“The league is just trying to cover its ass,” Popovich said at the time. “I told Bruce, ‘You be Bruce Bowen. You’re the best (expletive) defender in this league. You will NOT change the way you play defense.’

“Stu Jackson is not going to change my team just because he thinks he’s doing the right thing.”

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Kawhi Leonard MRI On Ankle Shows No Structural Damage

May 16, 2017 2:08 AM

Kawhi Leonard has no structural damage to his injured left ankle after undergoing an MRI.

Leonard is unlikely to play in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. The San Antonio Spurs have historically been cautious when dealing with injury issues, famously shutting down Tim Duncan in the 2000 playoffs.

The Spurs will likely start Jonathon Simmons in Leonard's absence. 

Leonard also sat out Game 6 of the Spurs' series against the Rockets.

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Kawhi Leonard Unsure If He'll Play Game 2

May 15, 2017 1:57 AM

Kawhi Leonard is unsure if he will be ready to play in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals with an ankle injury.

Leonard missed Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals due to the ankle injury and reaggravated the injury in the third quarter of Game 1. Leonard appeared to turn his left ankle after a made three-pointer. Shortly thereafter, Leonard landed on the foot of Zaza Pachulia after attempting a baseline jumper.

“We’ll see tomorrow and the next day to see how I’m feeling,” he said.

Leonard didn't believe it was a dirty play by Pachulia.

"Did he step under it? Like, on purpose?" Leonard asked. "No. He was contesting the shot. The shot clock was coming down. I'll have to see the play."

 

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Kawhi Leonard To Play In Game 1 Of WCF

May 14, 2017 3:41 AM

Kawhi Leonard will play for the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors.

Leonard sustained a sprained left ankle in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals and sat out Game 6.

Gregg Popovich said Leonard "absolutely" fully participated in Saturday's practice in San Antonio.

The Spurs are already without Tony Parker for the remainder of the playoffs.

 

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Kawhi Leonard Expected To Play In Game 1
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Kawhi Leonard Suffers Knee, Ankle Injuries In Spurs' OT Win
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Erik Spoelstra, Gregg Popovich Named NBA Coaches Of The Month
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