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Old 10-01-17, 03:47 PM
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Kawhi Leonard Expected To Miss Preseason

Kawhi Leonard is in a rehabilitation program for right quadriceps tendinopathy and is expected to miss the 2017 preseason, the Spurs announced in a press release on Saturday.

Leonard battled a troublesome right quad toward the end of last season and was hampered by a right ankle injury in the playoffs. Despite the injuries, the defensive specialist played in a career-high 74 regular season games averaging 25.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG, and 1.8 SPG.

The 26-year-old came in third place for the NBA Most Valuable Player award, behind winner Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Link to article: https://www.hoopsrumors.com/2017/09/...preseason.html
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Old 10-02-17, 10:27 AM
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Probably not a big deal. Helps newcomers get more of a run in the preseason.
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Old 11-03-17, 01:06 PM
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This is more than frustrating. Is there any update that's available for Kawhi’s injury?!? Is he practicing?? I think it’s pretty poor that SA media doesn’t push or press the organization for an update on the injury status of the franchise player. Pop responds with an answer of “ it could be next week or next month” and everyone just accepts that because it’s Pop. Only in SA does something like that happen. Pure guessing on my part but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s 2018 before we see Kawhi.
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Old 11-03-17, 05:06 PM
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This is more than frustrating. Is there any update that's available for Kawhi’s injury?!? Is he practicing?? I think it’s pretty poor that SA media doesn’t push or press the organization for an update on the injury status of the franchise player. Pop responds with an answer of “ it could be next week or next month” and everyone just accepts that because it’s Pop. Only in SA does something like that happen. Pure guessing on my part but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s 2018 before we see Kawhi.

I am afraid you’re right about 2018. Journalists have no balls and really there is no reason for this to be happening. As fans and the changes made over the summer, we deserve to know more about the injury and what the prognosis is. No reason for us to be left in the dark after all this time.
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Here's one of those 'regular' updates we get from Spurs management (Pop) regarding Kawhi and possible return date:

Spurs' Kawhi Leonard 'coming along more slowly' than expected

Link: Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio Spurs behind schedule for return, Gregg Popovich says

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich provided an update Tuesday on Kawhi Leonard, who has missed 10 games due to right quadriceps tendinopathy, saying the two-time All-Star forward is "just coming along more slowly" than expected in rehabilitation.

"It's just been more difficult for him to get through the rehab routine," Popovich said.

Leonard hasn't played for the Spurs since Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, and he missed that series due to an ankle injury. Leonard came into training camp on San Antonio's injured list but hasn't yet been able to practice with the team, which is also missing veteran point guard Tony Parker, who underwent surgery during the offseason to repair a ruptured left quadriceps tendon.

Parker spent time working on a rehabilitation assignment with the team's G League affiliate and took part in some work Tuesday during San Antonio's morning shootaround in advance of Tuesday's game against the Clippers.

Parker isn't expected to return to the lineup until December, and the club has declined to place a timeframe on Leonard's recovery.

Leonard needs to advance through a rehabilitation process comprised of several steps before he is cleared to return to the court.

"His body hasn't reacted the same way as Tony's," Popovich said of Leonard. "Tony's at the point where he's been going 5-on-5 and that kind of thing. He's not totally confident. It'll be a few more weeks. But he's definitely going the right direction. And so is Kawhi. It's just taking a little bit longer.

"I wouldn't want him to go right from rehab to jumping on the court. He's got to go 3-on-3, 5-on-5, feel comfortable because in the end, that confidence is what's going to ... anybody who's been out for any length of time has to get that back. Even if the doctors say, 'Yep, you're ready to go.' You're really not until you're mentally ready to go."

In the meantime, San Antonio sees some positives coming from the absence of its best player in Leonard and its floor leader in Parker. Patty Mills and second-year man Dejounte Murray continue to split duties at point guard with Parker out, while Kyle Anderson has filled in at Leonard's spot on the wing. That has also led to more playing time for Bryn Forbes and 26-year old rookie Brandon Paul.

"Every time a team has to adjust to play without their main player, others have to step up and gain confidence. They end up being better players," veteran guard Manu Ginobili said. "I think it's a great thing for guys like Bryn [Forbes], Brandon [Paul], even Kyle [Anderson] having to be more responsible offensively, have more possessions, make more decisions. So I think it's going to end up being a great thing for the team in the long term. In the short term, we miss [Leonard]. We need him out there. And when he comes back, we are going to have to readjust. It's going to take a little bit of time, but at this point, it's making those guys step up and play a bigger role."

The Spurs dropped four contests in a row from Oct. 27 to Nov. 2 but have since captured two consecutive victories. Mills admitted that adjusting to playing without go-to scorer Leonard took a toll on the Spurs, but he sees the forward's present absence as a positive for the rest of the squad.

"It's giving other people an opportunity to play. Kyle has come in and been able to find a rhythm and a sense of confidence in himself to be able to contribute. So in that sense, it's good," Mills said. "We never want to be without players. But it's also giving other guys a sense of responsibility to be able to fulfill their roles, and not just guys at Kawhi's position, but everyone around them as well.

"We all know there's times when Kawhi can get the ball and make things happen. But we don't have that opportunity at the moment. So it's on everyone to make sure we do. I thought the last two games, it was a team effort to make sure we put it away in the bag and not have Kawhi there to have to save us. So that was the adjustment that we made from the three or four losses that we had previously, which was pleasing to see. We can do it [without Leonard]. We know we can do it as a team."
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What's the over/under on Tony getting back before Kawhi? At least Tony is up and moving in the G League and all.
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From the bozo seats I'm viewing from, the truth about Kawhi's return to duty is being locked up tighter than Ft Knox. I'm thinking TP's return will be within the next 2 weeks, than again, that all depends on Dr. Pop.
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from the info their releasing seems like tony is progressing and kawhi is not. so i guess TP will be back.
may turn out kawhi's career will turn into a grant hill situation. so much potential w injury ridden career. there will be many what could have been.
can't even come back from a tendinopathy.
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