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San Antonio Spurs: Game 3 injury report rules Kawhi Leonard out

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 13, 2018 at the AT&T Center 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 13, 2018 at the AT&T Center 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs ruled Kawhi Leonard and Joffrey Lauvergne out of Game 3 vs. the Golden State Warriors.

The San Antonio Spurs will return home for Game 3 of the first-round series with the Golden State Warriors. It takes place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX, the first time the Silver and Black will play there since the second-to-last game of the season, which got them into the 2018 NBA playoffs.

Thursday’s injury report was officially announced, and it none of it should come as a surprise. Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) and Joffrey Lauvergne (personal business) will not play.

Leonard may be out for the postseason whether the Spurs reach the second round or not. Lauvergne’s reason for missing Game 2 and 3 remain unknown.

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 18, 2018

San Antonio enters Game 3 in a 0-2 deficit. The Golden State Warriors won handily in Game 1, and despite a lead after halftime in Game 2, the Spurs fell to the play of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson down the stretch.

The team will play with a heavy heart, too. Head coach Gregg Popovich’s wife, Erin, passed away Wednesday evening after a battle with an extended illness. There is no word if Popovich will be on the sidelines for Game 3, something that should be known as game time nears.

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The Spurs and Warriors will go head-to-head at 9:30 p.m. ET on a variety of networks. A Game 3 loss puts the team from the Alamo City on the brink of elimination with Game 4 on Sunday. Will they prevail against the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference?

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