San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard is listed as doubtful for Monday's game four against the Golden State Warriors.
But Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich laid it out in stark terms after the team's practice on Sunday.
"If he's unable to play yesterday [Saturday], I don't think there's going to be a miraculous healing by tomorrow [Monday]," Popovich told reporters.
Leonard, one of three finalists for the NBA MVP Award, has not played the past two games of the Western Conference finals because of a sprained left ankle.
He suffered the injury landing on Warriors centre Zaza Pachulia's foot following a jump shot in game one.
Leonard did not practice with the team Sunday.
The Warriors hold a 3-0 lead in the series, and have outscored the Spurs 314-241 since Leonard left the opening game.
The Spurs will also be without the services of veteran forward David Lee, who suffered a left knee injury in the first quarter of Saturday's 120-108 loss.