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San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard won’t play vs. Mavericks

By Rob Wolkenbrod
DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 12: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against the Dallas Mavericks on December 12, 2017 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. 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 Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 12: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against the Dallas Mavericks on December 12, 2017 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. 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 Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
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 After playing in two consecutive games, the San Antonio Spurs won’t have Kawhi Leonard available against the Dallas Mavericks.

After missing over one quarter of the 2017-18 season, the San Antonio Spurs had Kawhi Leonard return on Tuesday, Dec. 12 vs. the Dallas Mavericks. He scored 13 points in 16 minutes, making for a sharp comeback performance after not playing a meaningful minute in seven months.

With two days off between this game and Friday’s contest vs. the Houston Rockets, Leonard played. Though he was on a minutes restriction, again, scoring 12 points in 17 minutes. It occurred in a blowout, too.

There’s another Spurs game on Saturday, however, as they face the Mavericks at home. It’s the first of a two-game stand at the AT&T Center, which Leonard won’t be around for, according to ESPN.com’s Michael C. Wright. Head coach Gregg Popovich announced this before Friday’s game, to allow the San Diego State product to rest on one end of a back-to-back. Popovich said Leonard will be on a minutes restriction “for a while.”

It’s an identical course that Tony Parker remains on. Since returning from his own quad injury, Popovich continues to rest Popovich on one leg of a back-to-back. As of this writing, it’s unknown if the Frenchman will play vs. the Mavericks, as he suited up against the Rockets.

Aside from at least Leonard resting, Kyle Anderson will potentially miss the game, with a sprained left MCL he suffered earlier this month. He was given a two-to-three week timetable.

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The Spurs will face the Mavericks at 8:30 p.m. ET on FSSW.

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