This is concerning.
San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, who missed the preseason with a quadriceps injury that lingered from last season, will see that injury extends into the regular season — he is out for the season opener and maybe more, reports Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio News-Express.
All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard is not expected to play in Wednesday’s season opener against Minnesota at the AT&T Center, coach Gregg Popovich said Friday.
“He won’t be available,” Popovich said before the Spurs’ preseason finale against Houston.
How long will he be out?
“I don’t gauge it,” Popovich said. “He’s still rehabbing and when he’s ready, he’ll be ready. I try not to qualify it.”
Well, that’s not reassuring.
Last season Leonard averaged 25.5 points per game, however, he really made his MVP case as the best defender of anyone in the mix for the award. He is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who is the focal point of the Spurs offense.
We saw what they looked like without him in the Western Conference Finals last season, and it wasn’t pretty. If this injury extends very far into the regular season things get relatively bleak for the Spurs.