On Sunday afternoon, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters that they'd have to ask Kawhi Leonard's group to know if the star forward would be available at any point this postseason.
Leonard has been rehabbing in NY because that is where his medical staff is located, and he has not been cleared by his doctors, league sources said. Time has run short for Leonard - one of the league's best players when healthy - to make a sensible return to the Spurs, who lost Game 1 of their first-round series to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Sports' Shams Charania reported Sunday, citing National Basketball Association sources.
Leonard's rehab program in NY has been in collaboration and with the approval of the Spurs' medical staff, league sources said.
Kawhi Leonard sat out all but nine games of the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season due to a right quadriceps injury, leaving the San Antonio Spurs with a LaMarcus Aldridge-headlined squad and a hard task at making the playoffs. Kawhi missed the first 27 games of the season and returned with a minutes restriction on December 12, but has not played since January 13.
Well, do not expect anything to change for Monday's Game 2.
The Spurs finished the season 47-35 to earn the seventh seed in the Western Conference. The two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year is in his seventh season with the Spurs after being drafted No. 15 overall in 2011.