Kawhi Leonard to miss remainder of preseason due to infection, availability for opening night in question

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When Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich held five players out of a preseason contest against the Suns this week (and even stayed home himself), this wasn’t a stunt intended to thumb his nose at the league for having an abundance of meaningless games.

No, there were legitimate reasons for holding most of those players out, with the ailment Kawhi Leonard is dealing with being the most serious.

Leonard has been troubled by an eye infection since the team traveled to Turkey earlier in the preseason, and evidently, it’s gotten worse — so much so that his availability for opening night may be in question.

From Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News:

The infection in Kawhi Leonard’s right eye has spread to his left, and the Spurs’ small forward is likely to miss the remainder of the team’s preseason games.

Based on the tentative time frame for his recovery, his availability for the Oct. 28 regular-season opener against the Dallas Mavericks also appears to be in question.

“It is going back and forth between the two (eyes),” coach Gregg Popovich said before tipoff of the Spurs’ game against the Miami Heat at the AT&T Center on Saturday. “It’s crazy. Kawhi is still out for 10 more days.”

Perhaps now it’s easier to understand why Popovich went so hard after Suns owner Robert Sarver, following his grandstanding bit of an apology to the fans in Phoenix.