Kawhi Leonard could return to action within two weeks, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. He is expected to make a full recovery:
Doctors have seen progress in the lessening of his inflammation, and the belief is he'll regain full strength in the hand with no long-term limitations or issues, sources said.
Leonard has been out since December 15, missing ten straight games and counting. Without Leonard and Tony Parker, the Spurs have gone 4-6 during that span. In the games he has suited up, Leonard has had a huge positive impact on the team's performance, with the Spurs outscoring their opponents by over 12 points per 100 possessions when Leonard is on the court. His impact is particularly noteworthy on defense, where the Spurs boast a 94.4 defensive rating with Leonard playing, a mark that would lead the league if sustained.
Leonard is averaging 15.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and two steal per game on 32.2 minutes and his rebounding prowess and impeccable help defense allow the Spurs more versatility with small lineups. He had showed growth as a scorer, creating more of his buckets than in the past. His outside shooting -- not unlike the team's -- had been inconsistent but his importance to the Spurs on both ends is undeniable. If he misses the full two weeks, he will be out for eight more games.
With Tony Parker being upgraded from "out" to "questionable" for Tuesday game against the Pistons and a timeline now set for Leonard's return, the Spurs are closer to being at full strength. After a rough December, that's fantastic news.