The San Antonio Spurs never seem to die, but they are just 8-6 since their best wing defender, Kawhi Leonard, went to the sideline with a broken hand on January 22nd. However, the reigning Western Conference champions got a bit of good news on Tuesday when their head announced a “probable” plan for Leonard’s return.
Coach Pop said today at practice on Kawhi Leonard’s availability for Wednesday night’s game, “He will probably play.”
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) February 25, 2014
Gregg Popovich’s proclamation that Leonard “will probably play” is about as close to a 100% positive as he would ever disclose. With the added hilarity of Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons serving as “Kawhi Leonard Bobblehead Night” in San Antonio, the team desperately needs his services, and Leonard’s original 3-to-4-week timetable has expired.
In 41 games this season, Leonard is playing only 28.6 minutes per contest (Popovich!!!) but is scoring a solid 11.6 points per game with career bests in rebounds (6.1 per game) and field goal percentage (51.7%). Still, his value is retained mostly on the defensive end, and with San Antonio focusing on a return trip to the Finals, it’s encouraging to see him set to return to an already loaded team that has simply been banged-up across the board in recent days.