The sprained left ankle that Kept forward Kawhi Leonard out for the end of regulation and fourth quarter of the Spurs 110-107 win in game five will sideline him for game six at Toyota Center.
Spurs head coach made the announcement and said forward Jonathan Simmons will start in his place.
Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and 2014 Finals MVP rolled his ankle after stepping on James Harden’s foot in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. He’s averaged 23.8 points per game in this series.
Simmons, and undrafted free agent out of the University of Houston has given the Spurs key minutes off the bench, scoring in double-figures four times, including a 17-point performance in game four.
The Spurs lead the series 3-2. If they win without Leonard they’d play the Golden State Warriors Sunday afternoon in game one of the Western Conference Finals. A loss and the Rockets force a seventh game Sunday in San Antonio.