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San Antonio Spurs: Kawhi Leonard expectations not applicable

By Rob Wolkenbrod
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 14: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors defends against Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. 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. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 14: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors defends against Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. 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. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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There’s still no update on Kawhi Leonard’s potential return to the San Antonio Spurs, so do not expect to see him in the postseason.

The last time anyone heard of Kawhi Leonard, he left the San Antonio Spurs, to return to New York for rehab on his mysterious right quadriceps injury. No timetable for his return was offered, and as the season waned, so did the odds of his comeback to the team in the 2017-18 regular season.

The Spurs clinched a spot in the 2018 NBA playoffs on Monday and will face the Golden State Warriors in Round 1. In the 2017 Western Conference Finals, San Antonio did not have Leonard available for most of the series, due to the closeout from Zaza Pachulia that hurt the Klaw’s ankle and caused him to miss Game 2, 3 and 4, all of which were lost. The Warriors won and claimed the 2018 NBA Finals weeks later.

Well, if Spurs fans expect a heroic comeback for the Golden State series, to carry the Silver and Black into a competitive set and potentially the second round, then temper any hope.

The absence of an update from the organization should mean as much as anything. No one has spoken on Leonard’s status for weeks, while he apparently remains in New York for treatment and workouts. If he were to play vs. the Warriors, a return to the team practice facility would have happened, to work with teammates and get into some type of rhythm with them. Unless something was kept under wraps, it does not appear that this happened.

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Almost 24 hours remain before the Spurs take the court at Oracle Arena. It will be everyone fans have seen for most of the 82 games played this season but no Leonard, unless the team’s injury report proves otherwise on Saturday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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