Spurs star Leonard vows to play in game six

Spurs, Rockets try to wake up NBA's sleepy second round

I'm torn over Thursday's Game Six of the fascinating playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets.

No matter what happens during the remaining games between the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets, Manu Ginobili, 40, will always have this awesome highlight.

Mills was starting in place of regular Spurs playmaker Tony Parker, who injured his knee in game two of the series against the Rockets.

Manu Ginobili replaced Leonard in the lineup with 4:57 to play, but Leonard re-entered the game with 2:59 remaining. But nothing to worry about - Danny Green and Ginobili made up for it. Ginobili finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and that one enormous block. The Dodgers then won the game in the 10th when Austin Barnes singled home the not-so-nimble-footed Stripling. "I felt better than the previous ones, for sure, but I guess the standards are a little lower". "The diving on loose balls, coming up with whatever it may be, you're throwing your body on the line in those situations". He still led the Spurs with 22 points and 15 rebounds.

"Yeah, I'm going to be able to play", Leonard said. After the game, the training staff put a couple ankle braces in Leonard's locker, and when he returned from the training room for a session with the media, the forward didn't walk with a noticeable limp.

Green made a go-ahead 3-pointer and converted a three-point play to make it 109-107 Spurs with 30.1 seconds left. He also made a foul shot down the stretch. Everybody's got a comment or something to say about others, I guess. Irvine got a second chance with Detroit in 1999-2000 and stuck around for one more season.

With scores tied up 101-101 after regulation, the Spurs would go on to win 110-107. When it wasn't Ginobili driving to the rim, it was Jonathon Simmons getting in front of Harden to draw a charge.

Leonard was hurt when he stepped down on the foot of Houston's James Harden while turning to run up the court. "Two All-Stars and even Pau [Gasol], who is 7-foot-something. I just tried to be aggressive and do the best that I can and help my team". However, he was unable to play a second in the five-minute overtime period. He also had 9 turnovers.

Game 6 is on Thursday, May 11. Winning at home without the small forward in crunch time was one thing, but defeating the Rockets on the road when Leonard might still be hampered won't be easy. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich hopes he will not have to find out. The Rockets led the Spurs by four points at the time Leonard suffered his injury, and they blew a fourth-quarter lead with the two-time Defensive Player of the Year on the bench.

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