Before Monday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard spoke to the media about his quadriceps injury.
The San Antonio Spurs played Game No. 23 without Kawhi Leonard, who has not suited up. He suffered a quad injury before training camp, leading to him missing all of the preseason and into Monday’s tilt against the Detroit Pistons.
Signs point to Leonard’s return, however. He practiced before Sunday’s game and head coach Gregg Popovich said the Spurs star was in the “last steps” of rehab. What that means for a specific return date remains unknown.
According to ESPN, before the Pistons game, Leonard some of his first public comments on his quad injury. He said, he’s “feeling pretty healthy” and needs a “few more processes” of five-on-five games:
“I feel good,” Leonard said. “Soon [the time is] to come to be able to play on the floor. I’m feeling pretty healthy right now. I think they told you guys that I’ve been playing five-on-five. So that’s where I’m at right now. It’s been good. Just still, just gotta go through a few more processes of doing that. I should be back soon.”
How soon will that be? The Spurs have games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The former two are home games, which could be the ideal situation to bring Leonard back. He can get the warm welcome from the AT&T Center and play in a comfortable environment. If not those two games, then San Antonio won’t play at home until Saturday, Dec. 16.
When Leonard returns, he’ll step back into the starting lineup. Kyle Anderson played well as the replacement, before injuring his left knee during Sunday’s game. Rudy Gay took the small-forward duties vs. the Pistons and delivered a double-double.
Will Leonard be back for Wednesday’s game vs. the Miami Heat? Let’s wait and see.