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San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard ruled out vs. Kings

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 will not have Kawhi Leonard available against the Sacramento Kings.

For all but nine games this season, the San Antonio Spurs have not had Kawhi Leonard available to play. He suffered a mysterious quadriceps injury before the preseason and its severity remains unknown. That will probably be the case heading into the offseason.

With just two games to go in the 2017-18 season, there’s no indication the Spurs will get Leonard back. That starts with Monday night’s matchup against the Sacramento Kings, taking place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.

According to the team’s official injury report, Leonard will not suit up vs. the Kings. The reason? The usual “return from injury management” label, in place since he was ruled out indefinitely in January.

Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) is out for tomorrow’s Spurs-Kings game. pic.twitter.com/zHPb4JFHlV

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 8, 2018

One game remains on Wednesday, April 11, against the New Orleans Pelicans, so it would be a stunner to see Leonard return for the Spurs. The playoffs follow just days later, and if they make it to Round 1, a comeback after missing most of the season also seems unlikely. So, if anything, do not expect him back until the 2018-19 campaign, unless the organization trades him in the offseason.

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Otherwise, expect the usual, healthy Spurs vs. Sacramento. It’s a must-win game for a spot in the playoffs, as a victory gets them in. Which seed remains to be seen, though, with how tight the Western Conference playoff picture is. The Silver and Black can finish as high as 3 and as low as 9, being out of the postseason completely. How will this result?

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