No Kawhi comeback? Spurs still like chances against Warriors

No Kawhi comeback? Spurs still like chances against Warriors
NBA injury news: Paul George hip scare, Kawhi update, Embiid passes protocol, Mitchell toe
The Oklahoma City Thunder forward was in stunning form on his playoff debut last night, knocking down eight threes on his way to a 36-point game versus the Utah Jazz.

But Thunder coaching staff will be sweating on his fitness for game two of the series after it emerged he picked up a hip injury during the 116-108 home victory.

NBA injury news: Paul George hip scare, Kawhi update, Embiid passes protocol, Mitchell toe

OKC beat reporter Royce Young broke the news on Twitter last night, claiming the 27-year-old will be evaluated for a “right hip contusion” later today.

Lets talk about the Spurs starting 5

George was quick to play down suggestions the injury would rule him out, however, saying: “It’s good. It’s good. Just a re-aggravation from the Atlanta game.”

Kawhi Leonard appears no closer to returning from a mystery “quadriceps” injury that has been the source of much friction with San Antonio Spurs management this season.

Spurs confident they can come back vs. Warriors even if Kawhi doesnt

Coach Gregg Popovich intimated that the decision to remain out of action was one taken by the player and his advisors rather than the team.

“Youll have to ask Kawhi and his group that question,” Popovich said, when asked if the former finals MVP would feature during their Western Conference playoff series against the Golden State Warriors.

Leonard has played just nine times this season and last pulled on a Spurs jersey on January 13.

All-star center Joel Embiid is edging towards his NBA playoff debut for the Philadelphia 76ers as he continues to recover from an orbital fracture of his left eye.

The 7ft big man was ruled out for two weeks after having surgery on the damaged eye socket at the end of March but it is unlikely he will be rushed back into action.

Absent of their best player for the 10th straight game, the 76ers still managed to demolish the Miami Heat 130-103 on Saturday night.

An update posted on the 76ers Twitter account last night stated Embiid would remain inactive for game two of the series but hinted at an imminent return.

“Joel Embiid (orbital bone fracture, left eye) is out for tomorrow’s game vs Miami,” it read.

“[He] has cleared NBA’s concussion protocol. Further updates will be provided as appropriate.”

Rookie of the Year candidate Donovan Mitchell should be fine to play in game two for the Utah Jazz against the Oklahoma City Thunder despite picking up a toe injury during the game one loss.

Mitchell appeared to stub his toe during the fourth quarter and was taken out of the game by coach Quin Snyder to evaluate the injury.

ESPNs Royce Young and Chris Haynes said an MRI on the toe came back negative – as did X-rays he had on it Sunday.

The 21-year-old is clearly up for the fight, claiming he was just “acting like a baby” when coaches spotted his limp and pulled him out of the game.

He scored 27 points and snared 10 rebounds in his 35 minutes of action.

Who — in your opinion — should start tonight? Lets assume Kerr starts his same five of Iguodala, Thompson, Durant, Green, and McGee remain. How would you counter-balance those five?

Only rule- your entire five must be on the current roster of the Spurs and available to play tonight.

INJURY REPORT: Joffrey Lauvergne (personal business) and Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) are both out for tomorrows Spurs-Warriors game.

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