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San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard out vs. Trail Blazers

By Rob Wolkenbrod
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 30: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against the Detroit Pistons on December 30, 2017 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. 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 2017 NBAE (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 30: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against the Detroit Pistons on December 30, 2017 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. 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 2017 NBAE (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs ruled Kawhi Leonard out for Saturday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The San Antonio Spurs have just three games left on their 2017-18 schedule before the playoffs start. It’s still not guaranteed they will make it, with two wins needed to secure a spot and hold off teams, including the New Orleans Pelicans and Denver Nuggets from rising past them.

On Saturday, the Silver and Black will face the No. 3-seed Portland Trail Blazers. It takes place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.

As always, injuries factor into Spurs games. For this one, Kawhi Leonard, to no surprise, will not suit up. It’s due to the same “return from injury management” label that’s tied to a quad injury that arose before the preseason.

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

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 6, 2018

It’s difficult to expect Leonard to return for the team’s potential playoff games, let alone the final two matchups of the season. That leads into speculation for the 2018 offseason and what’s next for the two-time All-Star.

For the Spurs team that takes the court Saturday night, they will attempt to overcome a disastrous road trip in Los Angeles. Games against the Clippers and Lakers featured blown fourth-quarter leads, both of which resulted in two losses and hampered San Antonio’s chances at securing a playoff spot. That’s along with the end of its streak of 50-win seasons.

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There’s plenty on the line against Portland, who remains one of the Western Conference’s top teams. Can the Spurs pull through at 9:00 p.m. ET on FSSW and NSNW?

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