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San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard reportedly could return vs. Pelicans

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO,TX - JANUARY 13 : Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs bows his head during the playing of the National Anthem before the start of his game against the Denver Nuggets at AT&T Center on January 13, 2018 in San Antonio, 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. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO,TX - JANUARY 13 : Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs bows his head during the playing of the National Anthem before the start of his game against the Denver Nuggets at AT&T Center on January 13, 2018 in San Antonio, 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. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs might finally have Kawhi Leonard back in less than one week, according to an ESPN report.

For all but nine games this season, the San Antonio Spurs missed Kawhi Leonard. He did not play the first two month of the campaign, returned in December, played one month and went back to the sidelines after Jan. 13, all due to a quad injury, which became an issue before the preseason. This kept the Spurs shorthanded for most of the season, including injuries to other players.

Well, the situation may positively change for the Spurs, according to ESPN’s Lisa Salters. She reported that the Silver and Black could get Leonard back as early as Thursday vs. the New Orleans Pelicans.

It’s obviously big news if San Antonio can get Leonard back soon, and by Thursday, Mar. 15. That’s against a team that’s in the middle of the playoff race, the Pelicans, who hold the No. 4 seed entering Saturday. With the Spurs as the No. 5 seed, that sets up a potential playoff matchup, pending these teams remain either the No. 4 or 5 seed. Having Leonard back can preview how this series would look.

If it’s later than Thursday, the next game takes place on Saturday, Mar. 17 vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Golden State Warriors will follow. So, either way, it’s possible Leonard returns against a team that’s already in the playoff race, meaning the stakes will be high.

Without Leonard, the Spurs utilized LaMarcus Aldridge as their go-to guy for most of the season. He led their strong start to the season, and remained the steady force behind their offense. Other players have not provided this, even in a secondary role and the development of Dejounte Murray and Bryn Forbes.

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How far can the Spurs go with Leonard in less than a quarter of the season? Let’s find out soon.

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