Tom Benson

NBA notes: Kawhi Leonard ruled out for Game 2

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ruled Kawhi Leonard out for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals because of a sprained left ankle caused by what Popovich described as a “dangerous” and “unsportsmanlike” closeout by the Golden State Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia.

Leonard had an MRI exam Monday and Popovich had no timetable on when he’d be able to return. “We'll see what the MRI says, but obviously he won’t play tomorrow,” Popovich said.

Leonard left Game 1 on Sunday after re-injuring his tender left ankle in the third quarter when Pachulia’s foot slid under Leonard's following a jumper by the All-Star forward. The play happened in front of the Spurs bench and Popovich was...

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