Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Kawhi Leonard has partial tear in left shoulder

Popovich Reveals New Kawhi Leonard Injury Day Before Kings Face Spurs Associated Press Popovich reveals new Kawhi Leonard injury day before Kings face Spurs
Elias Hubbard | 10 January, 2018, 01:44

Of their absentees, the most worrying for them is superstar Leonard who only recently returned from a long spell out with a torn quad.

"I don't think it will be a while", Popovich said in regards to Leonard's status, per ESPN.

Leonard hurt his shoulder during their 103-89 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday and it was originally diagnosed as a left shoulder strain.

The Spurs took an extra cautious route with Kawhi Leonard's return and have maintained that path upon his return.

Here's your chance to grade the Spurs players and coach Gregg Popovich on the first half of the season. He has missed at least eight games in every season of his career and is averaging just 66.3 games entering this year. That injury ultimately cost him the first 27 games of the season. His minutes load had increased from less than 20 in his first four appearances to almost 30 in his last four, and his performance was just starting to resemble the player who has twice been named Defensive Player of the Year and entered the MVP conversation each of the past three years. Meanwhile, the Spurs are 27-14 out west-5.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors.

Leonard was ruled out of Sunday night's game at Portland, and the Spurs plan to evaluate Leonard over the next couple of days of its current road trip. Against the Knicks and Suns, Kawhi would post back-to-back 20-point games. The two-time all-star has only played more than 25 minutes in each of his past four games, and for the season he is averaging 15.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals.

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