Spurs' Leonard expects to play despite ankle injury

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The San Antonio Spurs are a victory away from eliminating the Houston Rockets and advancing to the Western Conference finals for the first time since winning the National Basketball Association title in 2014.

Leonard, who sprained his left ankle in Tuesday night's thrilling overtime win against the Rockets, said after the game that he would play.

Leonard sat out much of the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Tuesday and didn't take the court for overtime of his team's 110-107 win.

San Antonio played the final minutes of regulation and the overtime period without Kawhi Leonard, who rolled his left ankle during a drive in the third quarter. Breaking news, severe weather, daily forecasts, entertainment news, all of the day's important events to keep you up to date wherever you are. If the Rockets win Thursday, Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday in San Antonio, with the Golden State Warriors waiting in the wings and resting for the Western Conference finals.

San Antonio began the game without guards Tony Parker and All-star Kawhi Leonard.

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Leonard is a league MVP candidate after averaging 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists during the regular season.

Well, we finally got a decent game last night, for the first time in what feels like forever. Danny Green, Patty Mills, and Manu Ginobili were the heroes of game 5, providing offense/defense when the Spurs needed it most.

Simmons fought over screens all night and was able to use his length a couple times to poke the ball away from Harden from behind. We let him play a little while just to see what he was going to be like, but it was obvious that he couldn't go.

Prior to Game 5, the Spurs had been outscored by 13.5 points per 100 possessions whenever Leonard went to the bench.

"I just missed shots", Harden said.

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NEED TO KNOW: As has been the case all series, the Spurs will try to limit Houston's 3-pointers.

"He'd rather play", Popovich succinctly told reporters Thursday.

"I think I made a wrong read", Gasol said.

It was a superb clutch defensive play from the 39-year-old Argentinian, which gives the Spurs a precious lead as the series heads to Houston for Game Six tomorrow morning.

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