According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Spurs are now 5-0 in games without Leonard and Parker this season.
After Game 5, Leonard initially was confident he'd suit up for Game 6 despite the injury.
The San Antonio Spurs smoked the Houston Rockets Thursday in Game 6, 114-75, clinching a berth to face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
LaMarcus Aldridge, after struggling early in the series, was fantastic in Game 6. Popovich listed him as questionable.
Since the Spurs traveled Wednesday and didn't meet with the media, an update on Leonard's ankle wasn't available until the team's shootaround Thursday morning.
"He'd rather play", Popovich succinctly told reporters Thursday. I am still shocked by the walnuts Manu Ginobili showcased in trying to block the league's floppiest fish, James Harden, as time expired. The sequence ended with Jonathon Simmons scoring on a fast-break dunk with 5:37 left in the third quarter.
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Asked about Leonard's knee, Popovich responded: "I really don't want to discuss his medical situation".
"Everybody picked it up", Popovich said.
Leonard walked with a slight limp after turning the ankle, but he didn't appear to be in pain when he met with the media after the game. He made that 3-pointer to whittle the lead a bit, but it didn't get the Rockets going. But he looked OK. But if the Spurs do manage to close this series out tonight, it sets up our next series opener for 12:30 in the afternoon on Mother's Day. Patty Mills had 14 points and seven assists in place of the injured Tony Parker.
Mills had a stellar game in the Game 5 victory, finishing with 20 points and four assists. He had 11 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals.
We can only judge Harden on his performance. San Antonio led by as many as 42 points in the second half, administering a beating so thorough that it chased the partisan crowd to the exits well before the final horn. The Rockets shot just 27.6 percent from the field, were 13 of 40 from 3-point range and committed 13 turnovers. "It was right across the board, so we'll figure that out and get better this summer and then come back and do it again". The second-year guard from Houston is averaging 12.2 points per game over the five contests, and has been effective on the defensive end as well. "It was like flipping a coin".
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