Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard to remain out Thursday vs. Pelicans
As San Antonio Spurs’ forward Kawhi Leonard continues to try and come back from his quadriceps injury there had been a report earlier this week that he was going to come back in Thursday’s game but according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports that won’t be the case.
Sources: San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard is expected to remain out through Thursday’s game against New Orleans. He plans to continue evaluating the quadriceps injury for a hopeful return.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 13, 2018
Leonard had a meeting set up with head coach Greg Popovich for Tuesday, but it’s unclear at this time if this was decided during the meeting, or before it took place.
Leonard has been cleared by team doctors to return to game action from the injury for some time but he has taken more time because he didn’t feel comfortable yet.
That has supposedly caused friction between the organization and Leonard and now it’s not a guarantee that he will sign an extension with the Spurs.
For the Spurs, they desperately need something to turn their season around. They are a solid defensive team, but the struggles are on the offensive side. They are averaging only 102.1 points per game, which is 28th in the NBA.
Last year when Leonard was healthy he was averaging 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. This season he has only played in 16 games averaging 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.
For the Spurs, they are currently sitting in 10th place in the Western Conference standings so they need a really strong finish if they want to make the playoffs again this year.