San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard could make his season debut “sooner rather than later,” according to head coach Gregg Popovich.
Popovich was asked Tuesday at shootaround if there was any good news regarding Leonard’s injury and he indicated that his star player could return sooner rather than later.
Leonard has yet to play this season for the Spurs as he recovers from a right quadriceps injury. He initially suffered the injury last season and was expected to miss the entire preseason as he continues to rehab. While an official timetable for his return was never given, Popovich said last week that Leonard’s recovery has been slower than expected.
Although the team has been without Leonard, his absence hasn’t greatly impacted the team’s record to this point. The Spurs are 8-5 at this point in the season and have still managed a top-10 defense without the former two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
Once Leonard is healthy enough to return, his addition figures to give the Spurs a huge boost over the rest of the season though and should make their record look much better.