Breaking: San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard has a "Partial tear" in his left shoulder, according to coach Gregg Popovich.
according to League Sources the team doesn't think the injury is as serious following the intial diagnosis. Leonard has been ruled out for tonight's game vs. the Trailblazers from Portland, ORG. The club expects to evaluate Leonard in a couple of days during their road-trip, which continues tomorrow against the Kings & concludes against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The injury occurred during San Antonio's 103-89 win Friday over the Phoenix Suns. Popovich wasn't sure whether Leonard would play at any point during the Spurs' road trip.
"I don't know," Popovich said. "It depends on how his shoulder goes. It's too bad because he was starting to get back into form a little bit after playing a couple of games."
The latest setback represents yet another roadblock for Leonard in his return, as he missed the first 27 games of the season rehabilitating from quadriceps tendinopathy. The club has held out Leonard for five games since he returned on Dec. 12 as a component of what it has called "return from injury management."
In perhaps his most dominant performance to date, Leonard played 29 minutes in Friday's win over the Suns, scoring 21 points to go with three rebounds and three assists. Defensively, Leonard flashed the skill set that earned him two NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards by notching four steals and three blocks, marking the first time since the 2016 playoffs that he had put up such numbers on defense.