Warriors eliminate Spurs as Kawhi Leonard future in doubt

The Warriors are moving on and forward without Stephen Curry playing a minute in the 2018 NBA Playoffs. Golden State wrapped up their first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night with a 99-91 victory. Kevin Durant led the Warriors in scoring with 25 points (8-of-19 from the field), and added 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. The Spurs were led by LaMarcus Aldridge who scored a game high 30 points accompanied by 12 rebounds.

The Spurs played this series without their All-Star Forward Kawhi Leonard. He only played a total of nine games for the Spurs this season but sat out mostly due to a quadriceps injury that has raised many questions during the season. His teammates and the Spurs have maintained that Leonard is still a part of the team and future.

The Spurs will head into the off-season with the uncertainty of Leonard, Danny Green and Rudy Gay both with player-options. While there is no rush for decision making from players and coaches the players willingness to re-sign can weigh on if Leonard will return to the Spurs or not.

As reported, Manu Ginobili stated, “As I’ve done it the last two or three seasons, I’ll sit back, relax and, after two or three months, see if I feel retired or not,” Ginobili said. “I like to let it season a little bit, to see how I feel. Don’t expect news until July, probably. I just don’t know. I let a month, two months go by and see how I feel. I’m not the type of guy who makes decisions on the fly, and when you are upset, hurt or whatever.”

Ginobili was consoled by Steve Kerr after the game as audio on the two had Kerr advising the 16-year veteran to keep playing.

The Warriors will be gearing up to host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, April 28th. Tip-off is 10:30 PM EST on TNT. The Pelicans are coming off a surprise sweep of the Portland Trailblazers in their first-round series.