Leonard will play in Game 1 of conference finals Sunday, Pop says

"I don't know what it was", Harden said. But the Rockets also had trouble scoring in general, making just 28.6 percent (22 of 77) of their shots overall. His fifth season as a Rocket ended with 55 regular season wins, with a trip to the conference semifinals, and e likes the direction that they are headed, Thursday night's loss not withstanding.

When Sunday's 12:30 p.m. tip rolls around, Leonard should be suited up and ready to take a crack at shutting down the Warriors' highest-scoring offense in the National Basketball Association.

Dejounte Murray No.5 of the San Antonio Spurs dunks against James Harden No.13 and Lou Williams No.12 of the Houston Rockets during Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals at Toyota Center on Friday in Houston, Texas.

FILE - In this December 25, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers' Channing Frye as Kyrie Irving, left rear, defends during an NBA basketball game in Cleveland.

David Lee will face his old Warriors team, while David West faces the Spurs, his former team. Boasting four All-Stars, the Warriors lead the league in offensive rating and defensive efficiency during the regular season and have looked unstoppable in the playoffs. And they've got all those weapons on the Warriors.

San Antonio won the season series against Golden State 2-1.

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Leonard had an MRI on Monday and will not play in Game 2, leaving the Spurs angry at what they considered a dirty play by Pachulia and frustrated by their predicament.

Harden said the Rockets did not take the Spurs lightly even though San Antonio were without Leonard due to an ankle injury. The Spurs improved to 16-3 when taking a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven series.

Leonard sat out the Spurs' last game and they were still able to crush the Rockets in Game 6 to advance to the Western Conference Finals, but he'll need to be at full health for the Spurs to have a chance against the Warriors.

When asked how he thinks Mike Brown has done filling in for Steve Kerr, Popovich couldn't help but joke around a bit. "I couldn't get a rhythm, especially to the basket. I guess saying that is weird, but we'll be ready for what he brings off the bench for them, for sure".

Back in 2013, the Spurs were the second seed again while the Warriors were the sixth seed. "No matter what it was, we just didn't have it tonight".

Green and company enter the conference finals as overwhelming underdogs, with few outside of South Texas expecting an extended series verses the Warriors.

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