Spurs face quick turnaround before conference finals

San Antonio Spurs All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard, still nursing a sore left ankle, is expected to return against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Rebounding has been a dominant theme for the Warriors ever since they learned San Antonio would be their finals opponent, and Curry picked up the beat in the final practice before Game 1.

Wednesday night was an elimination game for the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals of the NBA Playoffs.

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday morning that the Spurs are optimistic of Leonard's ability to be ready for Sunday's game.

"I just touched it a little bit more tonight so I had a chance to figure it out", Aldridge said. He closed the first half with as many points as turnovers (five), and his two shot attempts at the intermission were fewer than 15 of the 16 players who participated in the half. But the Rockets also had trouble scoring in general, making just 28.6 percent (22 of 77) of their shots overall. Coach Mike D'Antoni added Sam Dekker to the rotation after being criticized for not adding anyone to the rotation Tuesday in the first game since Nene suffered a season-ending thigh injury. The result was a national dialogue about uninjured NBA players resting and a 107-85 runaway by the Spurs, who were without LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker and Leonard.

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has launched into the mind games ahead of its Western Conference finals series against the Golden State Warriors.

Leonard averaged a career-high 25.5 points per game during the regular season to go along with 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists. The Spurs finished the regular season as the team with the best road record and they are going to need to win at least one in Cali to advance here. The concussion theory has become a popular internet talking point with Harden zombie walking his way through Game 6. "This team has worked hard all year and we've grinded and tried to get better, so I'm happy to finally win (the series)".

His trey trimmed the Spurs' lead to 18 points. Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zah) was Houston's top scorer with 20 points. The Spurs won game 5 by 3 points in overtime and it was both teams' defenses that came up big.

I don't know what's wrong with the Houston Rockets, but it's probably not good. "It goes to show, I think we have everybody here that's capable of getting the job done". "I don't want to litigate what just happened".

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