San Antonio is 4-7 since Kawhi Leonard was sidelined due to a torn ligament in his hand.
This is a team that normally holds its own when guys like Tim Duncan or Tony Parker sit out, but because of his athleticism and defense Leonard is much harder for the Spurs to replace. They miss his perimeter defense, they miss his plays in transition, his 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds, they are simply just not the same team without him. He was the 2014 NBA Finals MVP for a reason.
But he’s starting basketball activities again and could return in less than two weeks, reports Adrian Wojnarowki of Yahoo Sports.
San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard will likely return within two weeks from a hand injury, league sources told Yahoo Sports….
Doctors have seen progress in the lessening of his inflammation, and the belief is he’ll regain full strength in the hand with no long-term limitations or issues, sources said.
The Spurs are 21-14 and the seven seed currently in the West. They are just 12-13 against teams in their own conference.
Yet good luck trying find someone around the league who thinks the Spurs will not be a serious threat come the playoffs. San Antonio has not looked the same this season, but everyone — from other front offices to media members — has written that franchise’s obituary before only to be proven wrong. Everybody saw the level they were playing at last NBA Finals and if the Spurs get back to that level I’m not sure anyone can beat them.
It may be a big “if” that they get back to that level of play, but getting Leonard back will be a huge step in the right direction.