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Popovich says Kawhi Leonard will play in Game 1 against Warriors

Spurs star returns after missing series clincher against Rockets

Courtesy: AP Images / Eric Gay
Courtesy: AP Images / Eric Gay

SAN ANTONIO – Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard is back and ready for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.

Head coach Gregg Popovich announced after practice Saturday that Leonard will be in the lineup when the Spurs play Golden State at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on KSAT-12.

The official report from the Spurs is that Leonard is probable.

Leonard injured his ankle when he came down awkwardly in Game 5 against the Rockets.

The Spurs went on the win that game in overtime, but Leonard had to watch the win from the bench.

He missed the Spurs 114 to 75 Game 6 blowout clinching win against the Rockets, but is now ready to go against the top seed in the West.

Leonard is averaging close to 28 points a game to lead the Spurs this post season.  

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