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.
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?