Gregg Popovich would be 'stunned' if Kawhi Leonard returns this season

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It seems 2017-18 might be a misplaced season for Spurs star Kawhi Leonard.

Gregg Popovich informed reporters Wednesday he would be “stunned” if Leonard returned to play once more this season.

Popovich identified that he was simply being practical as a result of the season is winding down and Leonard, who has solely performed 9 video games this season, nonetheless is not able to go.

“You already know, with Kawhi, I am going to be stunned if he returns this season,” Popovich stated Wednesday. “We solely have ‘x’ variety of video games left within the season, and he is nonetheless not able to go. 

“If by some probability he’s, it is gonna be fairly late within the season and it should be a reasonably robust choice, you already know, how late you deliver someone again. In order that’s why I am simply making an attempt to be trustworthy and logical. I am going to be stunned if he will get again this yr.”

Leonard has been out of the lineup since Jan. thirteen coping with a quad damage. He averaged sixteen.2 factors and four.7 rebounds per recreation this season earlier than struggling a setback. In accordance with ESPN, Leonard has been medically cleared to return however has elected towards returning to the lively roster. His timetable for a return has triggered rigidity inside the group and will influence his future in San Antonio. 

Popovich was unwilling to utterly rule Leonard out for the rest of the season, however is not very optimistic the two-time All-Star would see the courtroom once more this season.

On the plus aspect for Spurs followers, ahead Rudy Homosexual, out since December 28 with a heel damage, is predicted to return to the lineup Friday towards the Nuggets.