San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard out for Game 1 vs. Warriors

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 6: Gregg Popovich coaches Kawhi Leonard
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 6: Gregg Popovich coaches Kawhi Leonard /

The San Antonio Spurs confirmed that Kawhi Leonard will not suit up for Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors. Did the injury report list anyone else?

The San Antonio Spurs will open the postseason on Saturday afternoon against the Golden State Warriors. It’s Game 1 in a Best-of-Seven series that starts at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, and a rematch of the 2017 Western Conference Finals, which saw the Warriors top the Spurs in four games.

The Spurs lost Kawhi Leonard in this series, and if fans thought there was hope of his return for Saturday, despite missing all but nine games this season, think again. He was already ruled out for Game 1 of the opening series, according to the organization’s official injury report.

INJURY REPORT: Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is out for tomorrow’s Spurs-Warriors game.

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 14, 2018

It’s not a surprise move after Leonard’s absence for the past three months. The team never indicated his return could or would happen in the first round, and Friday night’s news highlights this. If anything, Spurs fans should not expect his comeback against Golden State or anytime soon.

The Warriors will not have one of their star players, Stephen Curry, either. So the situations somewhat tie into each other. However, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green still make a mark for the No. 2 seed in the West and will provide matchup problems for the Silver and Black.

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Can San Antonio stand up to Golden State without Leonard? Let’s find out at 3:00 p.m. ET on ABC, along with the rest of Round 1. Will Curry’s absence make a difference towards the Spurs’ chances at winning, too?