Before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, Kawhi Leonard condition of playing Game 1 was question but cleared by the Spurs organization announcing Leonard is good to go in the series opener in Oracle.
In Game 1, Kawhi was part of the Spurs starting line-up, he seems okay and not bothered by his injury, he was amazing together with his team mates dominating the 1st and 2nd quarter of the game posting their biggest lead of 25 points and eventually end the quarter by a big 20 point lead. 62 -42. The Spurs are looking in Game 1 on their way of upsetting the home crowd team.
In the 3rd quarter the Spurs is still in much control of the game until Kawhi Leonard suffered the unavoidable injury that’s about to happen, Kawhi landed his foot to Zaza Pachulia foot who is guarding him at that time after a 3 point attempt that leads to a foul of Pachulia with more than 7 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter. That time the Spurs are still leading by 20 points when the injury happen.
Kawhi Leonard aggravated his left ankle injury and was forced to leave the game, and what seems a dirty play for Zaza Pachulia it was called by the referee as an ordinary foul.
Since then the Warriors took advantage of Leonard’s being out of the game, the Spurs was plus 23 points before Leonard injury happen and then after the injury the Spurs was minus 25 points
That leads to a 2 point win by the Warriors 113 -111.
Despite Leonard’s injury the Spurs had their chance to tie the game and went to overtime but LaMarcus Aldridge failed after missing a good view of 3 point shot.