Mens Lamarr Houston Jersey It had been reported that Kawhi Leonard was likely to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday, and a definitive answer came Saturday afternoon from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
Mens Morgan Cox Jersey Leonard was cleared to play by the Spurs’ medical staff Saturday and will be in the starting lineup in Game 1, according to the San Antonio Express News.
The Spurs need Leonard for this series, as the Warriors have one of the best offensive teams in the NBA in recent memory.
But even though Popovich can scheme for any opposing team, he has a simple strategy for stopping Golden State starting Sunday.
Kerr, who hasn’t coached since the opening round of the playoffs, returned to practice Saturday and spoke with assistant coach Mike Brown afterward. In an effort to ramp up his activity in hopes of a return, Kerr also attended coaches meetings the past few days. For the time being, he still remains out indefinitely after recently undergoing a spinal cord leak procedure on his back.
Kerr had previously missed the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season due complications from a pair of back surgeries in the summer of 2015. The team had been optimistic he could return at some point during the playoffs, though the 51-year-old coach admitted he won’t be back until he feels like he can stay for good.
Despite Kerr’s absence, the team is getting along just fine without him as Brown handles the coaching duties. Golden State is 8-0 in the playoffs, the longest winning streak in a single postseason in franchise history, after completing consecutive sweeps of the Trail Blazers and Jazz in the first two rounds.