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San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard won’t return vs. Heat

By Rob Wolkenbrod
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 14: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 14, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 14: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 14, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Amidst speculation on his potential return to the San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard will not play vs. the Miami Heat.

The San Antonio Spurs may see Kawhi Leonard return soon. On Monday, before the Detroit Pistons game, Leonard made some of his first public comments about his quad injury, noting he felt good but still had a step or two before officially playing a regular-season game.

Tuesday was an off day, which created speculation for the former MVP candidate’s return on Wednesday, Dec. 6 against the Miami Heat. It’s another home game, too, the logical location for him to come back.

However, nearly 24 hours before this game, the Spurs announced Leonard’s status for Wednesday’s tilt: the team’s superstar will not play. Kyle Anderson was ruled out as well, due to his 2-3 week timetable for a sprained MCL.

Rudy Gay (sore right heel) and Joffrey Lauvergne (right middle mallet finger) are probable for tomorrow's Spurs-Heat game.

Kyle Anderson (left MCL sprain) and Kawhi Leonard (right quadriceps tendinopathy) are out. pic.twitter.com/pMPZCbWaRO

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 5, 2017

No Leonard means Spurs fans must wait until Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics, who the Silver and Black lost to in October. It’s also at the AT&T Center, meaning there’s the opportunity (and guarantee) for the crowd to provide a warm reception for his return. Otherwise, the Spurs won’t go to San Antonio until Saturday, Dec. 16 vs. the Dallas Mavericks.

Should Friday be circled as Leonard’s return date? Potentially, although until the team makes anything official, it’s impossible to know for sure. But, against an Eastern Conference powerhouse, like the Boston Celtics, it would be an ideal game for him to return and go head-to-head with Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum and the team’s other young talent.

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Will Leonard return before the week ends? Should the Spurs wait for a road game?

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