NBA: Spurs can overcome loss of Leonard to beat Warriors, says OKC's Kanter

San Antonio Spurs are hoping that star forward Kawhi Leonard (right) will be fit for Game Two of the Western Conference Finals, having suffered an ankle injury in Game One.
San Antonio Spurs are hoping that star forward Kawhi Leonard (right) will be fit for Game Two of the Western Conference Finals, having suffered an ankle injury in Game One. PHOTO: EPA/USA TODAY SPORTS

SINGAPORE - The San Antonio Spurs might have squandered a third-quarter 25-point lead in their Game One loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday (May 15, Singapore time) of the Western Conference final but Oklahoma City Thunder centre Enes Kanter is still tipping the team from Texas to pull through the play-offs.

Even the potential loss of star forward Kawhi Leonard to injury - he limped to the locker room with a left ankle sprain midway through the third-quarter - has not shaken Kanter's belief.

The Spurs lost 111-113 in Oakland and Game Two of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) best-of-seven series is on Wednesday (Singapore time).

The 24-year-old Turk, who is in town as a guest of the Down Syndrome Association (Singapore), said on Monday at the association's office at Junction 8: "I think they (Spurs) have a pretty good chance, Game One, you know Kawhi got hurt and they lost by two points, they were up by 25, but I think in all the other games they're going to do well."

The top-seeded Warriors (67-15) and second seeds Spurs (61-21) finished 1-2 in San Antonio's favour in the regular season.

The winner will play defending champion Cleveland, Boston or Washington in the NBA Finals.

Whoever progress will probably face LeBron James and company, said the 2.11m Kanter.

Like the Warriors who are 9-0 in the postseason, the Cavs also have a perfect record after sweeping their opponents en route to the Eastern Conference final.

Kanter said: "Cleveland is going beat either Washington (Wizards) or Boston (Celtics).

"I want San Antonio (Spurs) and Cleveland (Cavaliers) to play in the finals. I don't like Golden State (Warriors)".