Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Spurs Targeting Thursday Return for Kawhi Leonard

Spurs Targeting Thursday Return for Kawhi Leonard

Just before the San Antonio Spurs tipped off their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, ESPN's Lisa Salters reported that Kawhi Leonard could be back next week.

After a poor start to the second half, and for most of 2018, the Spurs put themselves in playoff jeopardy.

San Antonio announced on January 17 that Leonard was out "indefinitely", and coach Gregg Popovich said in February that he wouldn't be surprised if Leonard missed the whole season. More information regarding his return should surface during the week, although barring any setbacks, Leonard is expected in the lineup against the Pelicans.

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Thursday's tilt will be the third time New Orleans and San Antonio has played this season. When at his best, he's easily one of the top-five players in the league that makes an incredible impact on both ends of the floor.

Leonard finally made his season debut on December 12 (Dec. 13, PHL time), scoring 13 points in 15 minutes as the Spurs lost to the Mavericks.

His potential return is very timely as well, as the Spurs have lost eight of their last 10 outings, and saw their record drop to 37-29 for the season.

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Leonard is bound to have some rust and his teammates will need to adjust to him as well, so there's no telling how quickly the Spurs, whose issues have been plentiful, will be able to recover.

The two-time Defensive Player of the Year could have a major impact on a Western Conference playoff race that was already crowded with teams jockeying for position. Although San Antonio has been pretty terrible of late, they'll certainly be a team to keep a close eye on now with Kawhi Leonard likely set to return on Thursday.

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