Kawhi Leonard Shoulder Injury Diagnosed as Partial Tear, Says Gregg Popovich

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Despite Leonard's injuries, the Spurs own the fifth-best record in the National Basketball Association as they embark on a road trip, beginning with Sunday night's matchup with the Blazers.

The Blazers secured a narrow 111-110 victory over the visitors who were without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Danny Green and Rudy Gay.

It's been an injury-riddled stretch for San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, from an ankle issue that ended his season during last year's playoffs to a quad injury that delayed his 2017-18 season debut until December 12.

"It's too bad", Popovich told the Express-News. He appeared to be rounding into form lately, with back-to-back 20-plus point games against the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns and at least 18 points in each of his last four games. Fortunately, as of now, there isn't much concern surrounding Leonard's injury, but the team will remain cautious with him, and he should be considered questionable-at-best to play in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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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.

Coach Pop is unsure whether the two-time Defensive Player of the Year will play in either game.

In the encounter with the Suns, he played 29 minutes and scored 21 points to go with three rebounds and three assists.