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Kawhi Leonard return on the horizon

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard is one of the best players in the league when healthy. The 6-7 small forward for the San Antonio Spurs has only played in nine games on the year because of a right quad injury. When playing, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP is arguably the best defensive player in the league, capable of shutting down people big or small. He has won the Defensive Player-of-the-Year twice already in his seven-year NBA career. He was an All-Star Starter for the Western Conference the previous two seasons before this year. He has made four All-Defense Teams and two All-NBA teams.

He is a force to be reckoned with when on the court and makes the San Antonio Spurs so much better when he plays.The Spurs are survived without him, sitting in the third seed in the Western Conference with a 36-25 record. They need him back to make any sort of noise in the playoffs.

Hopeful Return

“Leonard has returned to San Antonio from New York, where he spent three weeks seeking further consultation on a right quad injury that has sidelined him for most of the season, league sources said. Leonard isn’t expected to immediately start engaging in full five-on-five practices with his teammates, but the goal is to advance toward that level of engagement in the near future, league sources said.”

Michael C. Wright and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

After a previous report a few days ago stating that Kawhi may be shut down for the year, this is promising news out of San Antonio.

The Spurs need the player who has averaged 23.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.8 steals and one block per game the last seasons before the injury riddled year this year. They miss his scoring and defense, especially when matched up against the West’s elite such as the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder. With the report saying that Kawhi is targeting March, that is not only good news for Spurs fans, but NBA fans in general. In a season in which too many stars have been bit by the injury bug, this is great news to say the least. Hope to see Kawhi back on the court soon.

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