Gregg Popovich likes Kawhi Leonard's progress in return to lethal form

Kawhi Leonard Shoulder Injury Diagnosed as Partial Tear, Says Gregg Popovich

The All-Star suffered a shoulder injury in their previous encounter against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night and head coach Gregg Popovich has anxious fans by confirming the extent of the issue.

It has been a rough trip back from the quad injury for San Antonio Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard is being held out of Sunday's game against the Blazers, and Popovich confirmed to the media that the forward suffered a partial tear during Friday's game against Phoenix.

On the plus side, the team believes he could return by Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers, per Wright.

"I don't think it will be a while", Popovich said in regards to Leonard's status, per ESPN.

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San Antonio won 103-89. "It depends on how his shoulder goes". Going into Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers, the Silver and Black were only two losses behind the Houston Rockets in the standings and only five behind the NBA-best Golden State Warriors. The two-time National Basketball Association defensive player of the year was known to have a shoulder injury but not necessarily one of that potential severity.

"It's too bad. He was starting to get back into form a little bit after playing a couple of games", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters Sunday.

"It's disappointing. We need him", veteran Manu Ginobili said.

Over eight games, he's averaging 15.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Their record is all the more impressive because, in addition to Leonard, players such as Rudy Gay (heel), Danny Green (groin), Kyle Anderson (MCL), Tony Parker (quadriceps) and Joffrey Lauvergne (ankle) have been missing time with their own injuries.

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