Gregg Popovich says players have ‘clarity’ despite being without Kawhi Leonard
Asked if his players need some “clarity” regarding his status for the foreseeable future, Popovich once again scoffed at the notion.
“They have clarity,” said Popovich, according to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “They have been playing for each other and playing with whomever has shown up on the court all year long…If Kawhi ends up coming back, he ends up coming back.”
The Spurs lost a valuable game against the L.A. Clippers last night, shortly dropping them to the fifth spot in a virtual tie with the Utah Jazz, after having regained control of the No. 4 seed after two statement home games against the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The race for the top of the board doesn’t get any easier, with only four games left in the season and very little margin for error, as merely two games separate the fourth spot and the ninth spot in a fierce Western Conference.
Yet these four games won’t be spent wondering if Leonard will choose to come back or not, as players and coaching staff have been unanimously stating there is no point in counting on his return with such high stakes on the line.
San Antonio will take on the Los Angeles Lakers on the road tonight before coming home to host the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, hopeful to end the season in a clean run.