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

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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After playing on Tuesday, Kawhi Leonard won’t be available for the San Antonio Spurs vs. the New York Knicks.

Since returning to the lineup, the San Antonio Spurs’ use of Kawhi Leonard ranged from conservative to not at all. That’s from resting him on one half of a back-to-back or choosing to give him an extra day of rest. Leonard suffered a quad injury, in the offseason, which took him out of the first 27 games.

After receiving an extra day during the Christmas break, the Klaw returned to face the Brooklyn Nets. He scored 21 points in 26 minutes, both of which were season-highs. It marked a trend in the right direction for Leonard, as he continues to get into game shape and a full-time role.

With one day between Tuesday’s Nets game and Thursday’s New York Knicks matchup, the Spurs chose to rest Leonard. This provides him an extra day off, before the Silver and Black play on Saturday, Dec. 30.

UPDATED INJURY REPORT:Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is out for tonight’s Spurs-Knicks game.

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 29, 2017

No Leonard may disappoint Spurs fans since this game will take place at the AT&T Center. Plus, they won’t return home until Friday, Jan. 5 vs. the Phoenix Suns. It’s part of a three-games-in-five-nights stretch, so could the coaching staff choose to sit the team’s superstar again?

As for Thursday, no Leonard means more playing time for Kyle Anderson, Bryn Forbes and Brandon Paul. All should receive the opportunity to pad their stats and make an impression, before returning to their usual roles, potentially this Saturday.

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Without Leonard, what are you expecting from this game on Dec. 28?

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