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San Antonio Spurs: Injury report vs. Jazz features Kawhi Leonard

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 5: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against the Phoenix Suns on January 5, 2018 at the AT&T Center 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs will play their latest game without Kawhi Leonard, Friday night, vs. the Utah Jazz.

The San Antonio Spurs will return to the court Friday, Mar. 23 vs. the Utah Jazz. It’s another home game in this lengthy stretch against a team they struggled with. That can be attributed to a red-hot second-half run from the Jazz, who sit in the middle of the Western Conference’s playoff hunt.

Injuries continue to be a factor as the Spurs season winds down. Most of the roster is healthy, sans Kawhi Leonard and his right quadriceps, which has kept him out for all but nine games this campaign.

For Friday’s matchup vs. Utah, this will remain the same. The team officially announced this, due to “return from injury management.” There’s no timetable for his return.

Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is out for tomorrow’s Spurs-Jazz game. pic.twitter.com/uViJzbsrwf

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 22, 2018

Leonard’s name came up in more than just an injury report these past 24 hours. This started with an ESPN report of a “tense and emotional” players-only meeting on the team’s star’s status. Players were quick to deny it, including Danny Green.

Couldn’t be anymore incorrect lol https://t.co/xo4yVyOvn2

— Danny Green (@DGreen_14) March 22, 2018

Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News followed this, with a report denying it was “tense and emotional.” He attributed it to the players wanting to check on Leonard’s status themselves.

After Friday, just nine games remain for the Spurs to get Leonard back. It’s a limited span, especially with the playoffs around the corner, so the team fans saw for all but nine games may be the same one this postseason. 2018-19 will be a different story, pending another injury does not arrive or something drastic happens this offseason.

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For the rest of the season, the focus should turn to San Antonio’s attempt to make the playoffs. They sit three games ahead of the No. 9 Denver Nuggets, but given the volatility of the West, nothing is guaranteed.

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