The team’s athletic trainer chose to keep Leonard out for the rest of the game as he felt it was best to rest him after taking an errant blow to the head from a driving Victor Oladipo, according to TNT’s David Aldridge.
Leonard had 19 points in 26 minutes before his unexpected exit, giving plenty of reason to believe the Spurs would have had a fighting chance at winning the game had their All-Star remained in the game. Head coach Gregg Popovich begged to differ.
“No, they beat us anyway,” Popovich said. “If Kawhi would’ve played in the fourth, if they continued to do what they were doing and we continued to do what we were doing, they would’ve won anyway.”
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Leonard’s status for Saturday’s game against the Golden State Warriors remains unclear.