Leonard has just played 9 games this season and has averaged 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game which has been a massive drop from his 2016-17 season in which he had nearly MVP type statistics. While earlier reports would suggest a Thursday return, that now appears to be off the table.
Reuters/Jerome Miron-USA Today SportsThe San Antonio Spurs have been having a hard time without their star player, Kawhi Leonard. He plans to continue evaluating the quadriceps injury for a hopeful return. Leonard said last week he planned to return "soon" from the injury, which has kept him out for all but nine games this season. But, it can also be recalled that Popovich and Leonard seem to have different perspective when it comes to the latter's return. Reacting on ESPN's report, Popovich told Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News: "Well good for them".
The Spurs (37-30) have lost 11 of their past 14 and are now 10th in the Western Conference standings with 15 games remaining. But the first step is he's got to be cleared by his medical staff that he's seeing, and until he gets cleared, we can't make a decision on when he's coming back. He didn't make his debut until December 13, and played for a month before he was shut down again. He has averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 29.9 minutes per game this season. They lost for the fifth time in six games as they fight for a playoff spot. And the Spurs with a healthy Leonard would not be a fun matchup for whichever top seed has to end up facing them in the first round. If Leonard returns on Thursday, he will have 14 games to save the Spurs sputtering season. The Spurs gave the Rockets their 52nd win of the season.