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NBA Executive Thinks James Harden Might Have Been Concussed Vs. Spurs

NBA Executive Thinks James Harden Might Have Been Concussed Vs. Spurs

SAN ANTONIO - All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard will play in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Saturday after practice.

The San Antonio Spurs will now square off against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals. San Antonio won the best-of-seven series 4-2.

Curry said at this point, the Warriors won't be doing any double-takes regarding former longtime teammate David Lee coming off the bench for the Spurs.

Leonard, San Antonio's leading scorer, injured his ankle when he inadvertently stepped on Rockets guard James Harden's left foot while chasing a loose ball with 5:37 left in the third quarter of Game 5.

Memphis was also a winning team this season, but they did not compare in numbers to the success of the Spurs.

Before this series begins on Sunday afternoon from Oracle Arena, here are five big questions that needs to be evaluated. Per NBA.com, after Game 1, the Rockets scored 102.2 points per 100 possessions in the series, a mark that would have ranked them in the bottom five during the regular season.

"It could be said that (the Spurs) should win", D'Antoni told USA TODAY Sports last week before Game 3. It may have taken the Spurs a little longer than expected, but they were able to exit the series on a high note.

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One key in this series is going to be whether or not LaMarcus Aldridge is aggressive offensively and scores. After originally injuring his left ankle on Tuesday, Leonard could have reportedly played in the Spurs' 114-75 blowout victory over the Rockets - if needed.

The Spurs are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Conference Finals games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest. Many expect Cleveland and Golden State to duke it out again this year, but Golden State first has to contend with San Antonio.

The San Antonio Spurs have won throughout the years with their "play together" mentality and the ability to go up against teams that have better players than them, yet the Spurs still win.

When asked how he thinks Mike Brown has done filling in for Steve Kerr, Popovich couldn't help but joke around a bit.

Already without veteran Tony Parker, who suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury in Game 2, the Spurs looked to be the underdog entering this one without Leonard's scoring and defense.

"We've seen him in different jerseys since he's left here (Boston and Dallas before San Antonio)", Curry said. And they've got all those weapons on the Warriors.


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