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Kawhi Leonard is questionable for Spurs-Rockets Game 6 with ankle injury

Kawhi Leonard is questionable for Spurs-Rockets Game 6 with ankle injury

"Houston might be more interesting though because they might have a game like they had in Game 4 against San Antonio where they hit 20-something 3s, but at the same time the Warriors had the number one three-point percentage defense this season and they went into Houston two times where everyone was pumping the Rockets up, and (the Rockets) went 6-of-30 from three and then 7-of-33 from three". Point guard Tony Parker will remain sidelined due to the ruptured left quadriceps tendon he suffered in Game 2.

"We went to him with Kawhi off the court and asked him to make some things happen, generate some offence".

Neither injury seemed to have a major impact on the team, except for the fact that it gave LaMarcus Aldridge a chance to emerge as a dominant scorer for the Spurs. "They're a great offensive team".

"Manu reached back and gave us one of his Manu performances from past years".

Houston surrendered 18 offensive rebounds to the Spurs and slipped into an offensive slog as the game closed, scoring 22 points during the fourth quarter and overtime. Coach Mike D'Antoni has used an eight-man rotation throughout the playoffs, but didn't add anyone to the mix on Tuesday in the first game since backup center Nene suffered a torn thigh muscle.

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"I just came here ready to play", he said. "I didn't think about it too much on the way here, but I'll think about it and I'll let you know tomorrow or the next day or maybe not". Game 6, 8 p.m., ESPN.

NEED TO KNOW: As has been the case all series, the Spurs will try to limit Houston's 3-pointers. Nene averaged 17.9 minutes a game in the team's first nine playoff games, and at 6-foot-11 and 250-pounds he was a strong inside presence to help deal with Pau Gasol and Aldridge.

Without their star forward, the Spurs pulled through in overtime and won 110-107 to take a 3-2 series lead.

Leonard insists that he will play on Thursday, but he found himself on the bench down the stretch of Game 5 as he was unable to play at peak effectiveness in a tight game.


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