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San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard out for Game 2 vs. Warriors

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO,TX - FEBRUARY 28 : Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs sits on the bench in street clothes during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at AT&T Center on February 28, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO,TX - FEBRUARY 28 : Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs sits on the bench in street clothes during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at AT&T Center on February 28, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs ruled two players out of Monday’s Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors.

The San Antonio Spurs were thrashed by the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA playoffs, 113-92. This was despite no Stephen Curry for the Warriors, and the Spurs did not have Kawhi Leonard available, for the usual situation (return from injury management) since January.

On Monday, these teams will return to Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, for Game 2 of this Best-of-Seven series. With the Warriors up 1-0, it’s an opportunity for the Silver and Black to steal a game on the road before returning to San Antonio. Otherwise, it will seem like déjà vu from the 2017 Western Conference Finals.

For this game, Leonard and Joffrey Lauvergne were ruled out by the Spurs official injury report. It’s not a surprise, as a report came out Sunday that placed the 2016-17 MVP candidate out for the postseason. Lauvergne’s situation is unknown, although he only played six minutes in Game 1.

INJURY REPORT: Joffrey Lauvergne (personal business) and Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) are both out for tomorrow’s Spurs-Warriors game.

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 15, 2018

Nothing will change for Game 2, except the Spurs will have one fewer big man to back up LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol. However, with how small the Warriors play, will this even matter? The Silver and Black struggled with their opposition’s athleticism, something that will not disappear unless Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and yes, JaVale McGee, have poor performances on Monday evening.

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The Spurs and Warriors take the court at 10:30 p.m. ET on FSSW, FSBy and TNT. Can San Antonio tie the series at 1-1 before it moves to the AT&T Center? Which players will step up in a high-stakes situation?

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