The San Antonio Spurs announced the official injury report for Wednesday’s game vs. the Washington Wizards, and it features a not-so-surprising name.
The San Antonio Spurs will near their season finale Wednesday, with a game against the Washington Wizards. It’s the first of two games these teams face each other in over the next six days. Teams usually do not wait this long into the season, to go head-to-head for the first time, but that’s hoe the 2017-18 schedule developed for the Spurs and Wizards.
As always, injuries will be a storyline for San Antonio. These decreased over the past few weeks, but one player remains on the team’s official report for the Washington game.
The Silver and Black officially ruled Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) “out” of Wednesday’s matchup. He has not played since Jan. 13.
Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is out for tomorrow’s Spurs-WIzards game. pic.twitter.com/QFQjPyP6t5
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 20, 2018
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There’s still no timetable for Leonard’s return, despite the 10 games San Antonio has after Wednesday. It’s a short time span for this, given how soon the playoffs follow, if the team even claims a postseason spot. That remains in jeopardy, even though the Spurs are on a four-game winning streak and can increase it to five.
If Leonard returns, there’s a spot waiting for him in the starting lineup. That can happen as soon as Friday, Mar. 23, against the Utah Jazz or Sunday vs. the Milwaukee Bucks, only if the team updates his status and provides clearance for a comeback.
If not, the team will carry on, as it has for all but nine games in 2017-18. It’s behind LaMarcus Aldridge’s play, along with the rise of youngsters that own between 1-4 years of service time. Can this group navigate through the home stretch and get a playoff series? Does someone other than Aldridge step up to make this happen?
The Spurs and Wizards clash at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, FSSW and NSWA.