Kawhi Leonard to undergo MRI on bruised hand

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Yesterday, I wrote about the difficulty of determining the severity of the Spurs’ injuries.

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard all missed San Antonio’s win over New York yesterday. Duncan missed the game to “rest,” but everyone else had a particular ailment ascribed to them. Given Gregg Popovich’s tendency to sit players in groups, it’s difficult to tell whether these were legitimate injuries or merely minor problems being used to describe what was essentially rest.

In Leonard’s case, it seems there’s more to it.

Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express News:

Kawhi Leonard will have his bruised right hand examined via MRI on Thursday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said

Popovich was tight-lipped on details, but said Leonard was injured during Tuesday’s 100-96 loss at Utah. X-rays taken on Wednesday were negative.

The Spurs are adept and experienced at playing without their stars, and I have no doubt they’d continue to excel. But even at 16-6, the Spurs are just sixth in the mighty Western Conference. Their margin for error is slim, especially with the Thunder charging hard now that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have returned.

Leonard, in a contract year, is on track for a max contract. Even if this injury is as severe as could reasonably be predicted, I doubt that changes.