Following Sunday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs fans called for Kawhi Leonard‘s return.
After starting the 2017-18 season 4-0, the San Antonio Spurs have dropped the last two games to the Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers. The latter happened on Sunday night, with a 97-94 defeat on the road. Indiana charged for a late fourth-quarter comeback and succeeded from a Victor Oladipo 3-pointer.
This game and the previous five, have all been without Kawhi Leonard, who’s missed time with a quad injury. The Spurs’ superstar, he was expected to be a candidate for NBA MVP, and may very well get into the mix if he returns early enough. However, as of Sunday evening, the organization have not announced an official timetable for his season debut.
So with this and back-to-back losses, Spurs fans took to Twitter and called on the 26-year-old to return. It won’t be that easy from some sound anxious.
@kawhileonard i need 80 yo first game back or half that.
— No I.D. (@_DPAIN) October 29, 2017
@kawhileonard you good bro?
— Stephen Rivera (@SRKannon) October 29, 2017
Hurry back @kawhileonard
— KingScoup (@KingScoup) October 29, 2017
I miss Kawhi Leonard.
— #TankForDahlin (@Jagulov) October 29, 2017
So, the Spurs still don't need Kawhi Leonard right?
— Welp (@MyHeadIsBigger) October 29, 2017
I'm willing to donate my leg to Kawhi if it'll get him back sooner. https://t.co/ewE1x6HGgH
— Ser Bronn (@thenastynash) October 29, 2017
Back to back losses…with BOSTON AND GOLDEN STATE next..yeah we need Kawhi back.
— Denise Gabriel (@peachgabriel21) October 29, 2017
Should there be desperation for Leonard’s return? Having him back obviously gives the Spurs a boost, given it’s one of the best players in the NBA and someone that impacts both ends of the court at a high level. That takes the scoring load off LaMarcus Aldridge and players like Danny Green, Rudy Gay and Kyle Anderson.
However, only six of 82 games have been played. Those won’t make or break the Spurs, and rushing Leonard back for games that don’t have as much meaning may not be worth it.
With another game on Monday, don’t expect Leonard to play since he didn’t travel with the team for this road trip. After that, there’s Thursday’s game against the Golden State Warriors at the AT&T Center. Will the San Diego State product be healthy and ready to return?
Some will panic, while others won’t, over Leonard not playing the first six games of the season. What about you?