San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard ruled out vs. Wizards
By Rob Wolkenbrod
The San Antonio Spurs will not have Kawhi Leonard available against the Washington Wizards, as the 2017-18 season winds down.
On Tuesday night, the San Antonio Spurs will travel to the nation’s capital to face the Washington Wizards. These teams faced off on Mar. 21, with the Spurs winning 98-90. It’s time final time they will go head-to-head this season.
Injuries continue to be at the forefront of San Antonio’s season, along with controversy. That’s where Kawhi Leonard comes into play, as his absence in all but nine games impacts each matchup and the team’s chances at making regular-season noise and entering the playoffs. They sit at 43-31 and No. 6 in the Western Conference, but 1.5 games away from the No. 8 seed and 3.0 away from No. 9, which indicates a non-playoff team.
Well, once again, the Spurs will not have Leonard (return from injury management) available. No one else is on the official injury report for the Wizards game.
Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is out for tomorrow night’s Spurs-Wizards game. pic.twitter.com/7MpWJI1uD1
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 26, 2018
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The Leonard saga remains in the news, too. Former Spur Stephen Jackson called out the organization’s handling of its star player. He believed Tony Parker’s recent comments were delivered from head coach Gregg Popovich, or Parker received clearance to talk about this in the media.
Whatever the case may be, there’s still no return timetable for Leonard. It was thought to be March, but Tuesday’s game marks the second-to-last one of the month. Just six remain afterward in April, before the playoffs start in the middle of the month. So, at this point, it might be best to assume the Spurs will play with its LaMarcus Aldridge-led lineup, the same one that played 65 of 74 games this season. That goes for the postseason, pending the team earns a spot before or on Apr. 11, the last game.
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The Spurs and Wizards go head-to-head at 7:00 p.m. ET on FSSW and NSWA.