Kawhi Leonard talks about debut, will remain on minutes restriction, unsure about playing in back-to-backs
San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard will play in just his second game today since returning from an injury that had kept him out for the entire season.
That game will be against the Houston Rockets, the team with the best record in the NBA at 22-4. Not the best matchup for a player who is trying to work himself back in to being the focal point on a championship-contending team.
Leonard spoke during morning shootaround about how he expects to find a rhythm and how long it will take to do so, per Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.
“It’s gonna be a slow process of working me back in, just getting to 100 percent,” Leonard said. “We’ll just see what happens.”
Leonard said he expects to have a minutes restriction against the Rockets, and does not yet know if he will play in Saturday’s game the Dallas Mavericks. That game is a back-to-back situation.
He also said it may take him “six or seven games” to get back into a rhythm because he had no training camp and no preseason.
For Leonard, this time is only about easing himself in slowly and not doing too much. He is too important to the team to rush back and possibly re-injure himself. For now, all the restrictions are good for him.
See his full comments in the video below.
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) December 15, 2017