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Gregg Popovich tempers urgency of bringing Kawhi Leonard back

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The San Antonio Spurs are in the midst of a heated Western Conference Playoff race. However, the headlines continue to surround the potential return of small forward Kawhi Leonard.

Although the Spurs currently own the fifth spot in the West, there is still a very good chance that they miss the postseason given the lack of breathing room in the bottom half of the playoff picture. That said, there has been some speculation as to whether or not Leonard should attempt to come back at all.

According to ESPN’s Michael C. Wright, head coach Gregg Popovich ruled out the notion of sitting a healthy Leonard at any point this season:

Pop was asked if there was a point of no return for when to bring back Kawhi Leonard: “No, why would we do that?”

Popovich’s comments should hardly come as any surprise given the expectations in San Antonio every year. However, the saga with their superstar has been one of the most bizarre occurrences in franchise history.

Leonard has appeared in just nine games in the 2017-18 NBA season due to quad and shoulder injuries. Even then, it was hardly in any capacity to what he has become accustomed to throughout his stellar career.

Meanwhile, San Antonio has largely struggled to remain in the playoff picture this season. It goes without saying that they are not the formidable unit they have been in year’s past going into the postseason. With just 11 games left, it will be interesting to see if Popovich follows through on his comments regarding Leonard’s potential return.