The San Antonio Spurs headed into the 2017-18 NBA season without two of their best players. Both Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard were unable to get on the floor to begin this season’s campaign and have still yet to play a minute on the floor for head coach Gregg Popovich.
Fortunately for San Antonio, Parker is getting closer to being back in the fold as he could play as early as Monday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. Leonard, however, has the team’s brass confused about his injury and the length of time it’s taking him to get back on the floor for the Spurs, via Tom Orsborn of San Antonio Express-News.
“They are perplexed by how long it’s taken him to get better,” a source said of the Spurs.
At this point, the Spurs don’t know when they’ll have their best all-around player back in the mix. Leonard has missed all 19 games San Antonio has played and could miss much more with all the uncertainty surrounding his injury, via Orsborn.
The Spurs have no timeline for Leonard’s return, although Popovich has said more than once he expects it to be “sooner rather than later.”
Despite being without Parker and Leonard, the Spurs continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference. San Antonio is currently in third place in the conference with a 12-7 record while having won seven out of their last 10 games sitting behind only the Golden State Warriors (15-5) and Houston Rockets (15-4).
Popovich, as per usual, continues to find ways to win even without the most talented players on the floor on a nightly basis for the Spurs.