SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs are targeting Saturday’s highway matchup towards the Phoenix Suns as the day to deliver again star ahead Kawhi Leonard, in accordance to resources, but a company selection on that hasn’t yet been designed.
Leonard vaguely talked over on Monday the ideal quadriceps tendinopathy that has saved him out of all 25 of San Antonio’s video games, indicating “soon to arrive” when addressing his feasible season debut.
Leonard will operate out with the group each Thursday and Friday, with the closing selection hinging on its evaluation of him and how he feels Friday after San Antonio’s morning operate at the club’s facilities. “I’m emotion quite healthier ideal now,” Leonard stated Monday. “I consider they explained to you guys that I have been participating in 5-on-5. So that is exactly where I’m at ideal now. It is been very good. Just continue to, just gotta go through a couple of additional procedures of undertaking that. I should be again soon.”
The San Antonio Express-News documented Leonard may possibly return Saturday.
The Spurs experienced talked over bringing again Leonard as soon as Monday, and there was an expectation that he may possibly return for the duration of San Antonio’s three-sport homestand, which started Monday towards the Pistons and ends Friday with the Celtics, prior to the group hits the highway for Saturday’s sport in Phoenix.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has stated all season “sooner relatively than later” when questioned about Leonard’s feasible return, but joked Monday that the “sooner” is “definitely a great deal sooner now.”
A two-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Yr, Leonard averaged job highs in details (25.5) and helps (3.5) previous season, though also averaging 1.8 steals. Leonard hasn’t suited up to enjoy for San Antonio given that Activity 1 of the Western Convention finals, a sequence he couldn’t proceed because of to a sprained ankle.
As portion of the restoration from quadriceps tendinopathy, Leonard has labored through a rehabilitation course of action comprised of many techniques these types of as personal operate, 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills, prior to getting clearance to practice with the group. Leonard experienced been functioning out with Tony Parker, as he recovered from a ruptured quadriceps tendon, as properly as former Spurs players Matt Bonner and Tim Duncan. Popovich stated that Leonard practiced with the group prior to its Dec. 1 win at Memphis, and took portion Wednesday in shootaround in progress of San Antonio’s 117-105 win about the Miami Heat.
“I just took it working day to working day, 7 days to 7 days,” Leonard stated of his restoration. “I was just concentrated on my personal injury. Just me not being capable to enjoy the sport, it was a minimal discouraging. But my group is undertaking a terrific position ideal now of holding their very own. A whole lot of men and women stepped up in the course of action, and it can be heading to be terrific for us in the very long operate.”