Early Saturday evening, the San Antonio Spurs issued their injury report for the Spurs - Trail Blazers game and listed Kawhi Leonard as out, but not for the reason we have become used to seeing - return from injury management. Kawhi apparently has a left shoulder strain.
Danny Green (tightness, left groin) is doubtful for tomorrow’s Spurs-Blazers game.— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 7, 2018
Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis), Kawhi Leonard (left shoulder strain) and Tony Parker (return from injury management) are out. pic.twitter.com/ZWCsFtYLOk
No word yet as to the severity or cause of the injury. Without going through the game with a fine tooth comb, Leonard did have several spectacular plays in which he extended himself or was physical down low.
Hopefully this is just a precaution or a “reason” to keep him out on the first of a back-to-back, one televised nationally on NBATV. Considering the ambiguity recent rule change regarding “resting” players, maybe Gregg Popovich is in full CIA Pop mode. Here’s to hoping The Klaw is okay.
Tony Parker (out, RFIM) Danny Green (doubtful, groin) and Rudy Gay (out, unpronounceable heel thingy) will also be sitting out Sunday’s contest.