SAN ANTONIO – Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard arrived in San Antonio with the team Wednesday afternoon after sitting out of Game 2 due to a left ankle sprain.
Video of Spurs arrival captured by KSAT shows Leonard walking down the stairs from the airplane with an almost unnoticeable limp.
Leonard is seen in the video hauling his luggage to the parking area with his right shoe tied but his left shoe untied, walking with a very slight limp.
The video is first time Leonard has been seen since reinjuring his ankle in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
On Monday, Leonard was scheduled for an MRI to determine the severity of his injury.
In Game 1, Leonard landed awkwardly on his ankle twice on two separate occasions – first on the foot of teammate David Lee who was sitting on the Spurs bench, and then Warriors center Zaza Pachulia – early in the third quarter.
Spurs fans and NBA fans alike hashed out anger toward Pachulia on social media for what many called his action as a “dirty play.”
During his postgame interview after Game 1, Pachulia was asked to respond to Spurs fans and others who were calling his contested play on Leonard as dirty.
“I mean that’s really stupid (and) I don’t think I should be making a comment. I don’t think I’m that good to be making intentional stuff like that,” Pachulia said. “I’m pretty sure we are capable of beating anybody who’s healthy (and) I’m not standing for it.”
On Monday, Popovich stunned the NBA community when he ripped apart Pachulia for injuring Leonard and his history of controversial plays involving Spurs players in previous meetings.
“You can go back in Dallas games where he got a Flagrant 2 (foul) for elbowing Patty Mills (and) the play where he took Kawhi (Leonard) down and locked his arm in Dallas and could’ve broken his arm,” Popovich said. “Ask David West, his current teammate, how things went when Zaza (Pachulia) was playing for Dallas when he and David got into it. And then think about the history he’s had and what that means to a team what happened last night.”
In his last sighting with the media after Game 1, Leonard was asked during his postgame interview if he thought Pachulia purposely slid underneath him during his fade away shot.
“No. He was contesting the shot, the clock was coming down. I’ll have to see the play,” Leonard said.
The San Antonio Spurs take on the Golden State Warriors at home on Saturday at 8 p.m. CT after going down 0-2 in the Western Conference Finals series.
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