What We Do Know About Kawhi Leonard’s Ankle Injury, NBA Western Conference Finals 2017

Most of the social media links and posts are braided with the recent season remaining threatening ankle injury that cost the first game loss of the Western Conference Finals of the San Antonio Spurs from the Golden State Warriors. One of the argument was if the act were committed intentionally or not. And the other one is about the way game was won by the Golden State Warriors.

Kawhi Leonard’s injury started during the Western Conference Semifinals versus the Houston Rockets off a banking shot with James Harden, then in the recently concluded game 1 with the bench team mate foot and the Zaza Pachulia’s incidence where his landing left foot got in contact with the latter’s left foot. Spurs were up and in control until the said foul.  The San Antonio Spurs according to Spurs fans could’ve won the game easily with Kawhi Leonard on the floor but loss it with a single possession. That is according to them, but in my own point of view… I saw it very different.

First and foremost, the game is in a hostile turf with one of the loudest fans in the NBA and nowhere will the Warriors will just hand them the victory very easily. Second, it’s game 1 and both are reading and feeling the tenacity of each defense and offense that’ll purposely bring the x-factor and the winning combo and pacing of the western conference finals. Though the San Antonio Spurs have the better experience in this level of competition we cannot discount the fluidity and cohesion of the Warriors with one of the deadliest snipers in the league. Third in the equation is the way the Warriors have perfected the small ball efficiency from beyond the arc to the inner lanes as evident with the players way of manning the defensive stops possession after possession that even the referees are sometimes caught in awe, even forgotten to whistle some travelings and illegal screens due to the faster and more agile pace of the Golden State Warriors team.

Lastly, both teams are feeling the absence or gaps of important players and coach. Spurs veteran point guard Tony Parker and the Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr.

What we’ve seen in game 1 particularly the Kawhi Leonard and Zaza Pachulia are  a normal occurrence in this high level of championship game that we must put our focus in both team’s strategies and best combination on the floor in all four quarters of the game. Let’s see how the Spurs will bounce back and hold our breath how the Warriors have figured out the Spurs after a two points victory 48 hours from now!

A teams victory is an effort made by a team not a single very talented individual. – Paquito

 

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