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Gregg Popovich confirms Kawhi Leonard has "partial tear" in shoulder

10 January, 2018, 01:48 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Spurs coach Gregg Popovich talks to referee Bill Spooner during a Dec. 20 2017 game in Portland Ore. Popovich has been outspoken off the court too this year talking at length about political and social issues

It's been an injury-riddled stretch for San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, from an ankle issue that ended his season during last year's playoffs to a quad injury that delayed his 2017-18 season debut until December 12.

The All-Star suffered a shoulder injury in their previous encounter against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night and head coach Gregg Popovich has anxious fans by confirming the extent of the issue.

San Antonio won 103-89. Kawhi Leonard seems to have the worst luck of all.

Pop told reporters after the loss to the Blazers that the small forward has a "partial tear" in his left shoulder but he doesn't expect his star player to miss too much time.

However, Popovich has managed to guide San Antonio to 27-13, good for third place in the West, heading into Sunday's contest.

"I don't know", Popovich said when he asked if Leonard would play at some point during their current road trip, via ESPN. The two-time National Basketball Association defensive player of the year was known to have a shoulder injury but not necessarily one of that potential severity.

Here's your chance to grade the Spurs players and coach Gregg Popovich on the first half of the season.

In the encounter with the Suns, he played 29 minutes and scored 21 points to go with three rebounds and three assists.

"The first priority right now is making sure everyone is healthy and make sure that we are healthy at the crucial part of the season, going into the playoffs", guard Patty Mills said. While they are unclear about how long his recovery will take, they are hopeful he can play Thursday.


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