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San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard will not play vs. Rockets

By Rob Wolkenbrod
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)
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 ruled Kawhi Leonard out for Sunday’s game vs. the Houston Rockets. Will anyone else not play?

Throughout the 2017-18 season, the San Antonio Spurs struggled against the Houston Rockets, one of the NBA’s best offenses. A combination of James Harden, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon and others provided the Spurs problems, including the inability to keep up with their 3-point shooting prowess. San Antonio will look to change that on Sunday afternoon, with a game against this aforementioned Houston team. It takes place at the AT&T Center.

Injuries remain a factor this late into the season. However, the official report lists just one player: Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management). It’s from the quad injury he’s dealt with since the start of this campaign.

No other players will sit out and do not have their status in doubt.

Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is out for tomorrow’s Spurs-Rockets game. pic.twitter.com/OhoUHFmc3Q

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 31, 2018

This announcement comes just hours after ESPN’s report that Leonard went back to New York for injury rehab. There’s no timetable for a return and the organization does not seem confident about a comeback before the playoffs start.

After the Rockets game, just five matchups remain, including the season finale on April 11 vs. the New Orleans Pelicans. That’s less than two weeks away, so unless Leonard finds a quick answer to his rehab and practices with the team, Spurs fans should not expect to see the team’s superstar in action.

Aside from this, the Silver and Black will attempt to win their second consecutive game and further establish footing in a crowded Western Conference playoff picture. Can they defeat the Rockets and achieve this?

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The Spurs and Rockets will take the court at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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