Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Kawhi Leonard feeling 'much better,' Spurs optimistic he will play this year

Kawhi Leonard feeling 'much better,' Spurs optimistic he will play this year

Kawhi Leonard was expected to return for the San Antonio Spurs Thursday, with a game vs. the New Orleans Pelicans set. Sports that the franchise wants to ensure a "healthy return" and not rush his recovery for the sake of this season's standings.

Leonard stepped away from playing to focus on rehabbing the injured quad after a nine-game return to the Spurs that ended on January 13. There is still time, however, for them to climb from that No. 10 spot they hold and, perhaps, soon make a playoff run with a familiar face in the mix.

If everything goes to plan, we should see Kawhi Leonard back on the court this week for the first time since January 13. But, it can also be recalled that Popovich and Leonard seem to have different perspective when it comes to the latter's return.

But Leonard disputed those reports last week, asserting that he said he and the Spurs had always been on the same page during his rehab and that he "for sure" hoped to finish his career in San Antonio.

The 2014 Finals MVP was named First-Team All-NBA in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

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To say it's been a weird season for Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs would be a drastic understatement. He should get more playing time on Tuesday against Orlando assuming the game stays close.

The Spurs (37-30) have lost 11 of their past 14 and are now 10th in the Western Conference standings with 15 games remaining.

The Spurs, of course, could use all the help they can get.

With 15 games to play, the Rockets are now 53-14, and their magic number to clinch the West's top seed is 13. They've lost three games in a row, are just 2-8 in their last 10 games and would miss out on the playoffs if the season ended after Monday's loss.

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