AT&T CENTER – Coming into Wednesday’s matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the San Antonio Spurs were already down two of their top defensive players in Danny Green and Tiago Splitter due to injuries. After just roughly 21 minutes of play against the Thunder, the Spurs learned they would lose arguably their best defender, Kawhi Leonard, for not only the rest of the night, but possibly a few weeks as well.
With 3:36 remaining in the second quarter, Leonard was subbed out for Manu Ginobili and he left to the locker room with the Spurs’ trainer. By halftime, word would be released that he would not return to the game with a Non-displaced fracture of the right fourth metacarpal (fractured finger). Even the Thunder were dealing with their own injury being without Russell Westbrook, but they had come in playing winning basketball as of late.
Kevin Durant (36 points, 7 rebounds, 5assists, 11 turnovers) and Reggie Jackson (27 points, 8 assists, 71% shooting) led the way for the Thunder as they held off Tony Parker (37 points) and the Spurs with a 111-105 victory. “The guys off the bench did a great job against some pretty good players,” said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich of his team after the game, “so I was really proud of them.”no comments