ESPN recently reported that Leonard has remained sidelined after he went back to NY last Monday to resume recovery from his chronic quadriceps injury that allowed him to only play nine games this season.
Leonard, who has struggled to overcome the tendinopathy in his right quadriceps since the preseason, sought a second opinion on his injury last month in NY.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard is continuing his injury rehabilitation in NY with his own team of doctors, but is unsure when the star forward and "his group" will clear him to play.
Asked if Leonard returned to NY to try to get clearance for a return to the lineup this season, Popovich said: "He's trying to get well".
Before taking down the Houston Rockets without Leonard on Sunday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich addressed the topic in front of reporters yet again.
With his classic dose of sarcasm, Popovich made it clear that it'll be up to Leonard and "his group" to determine when he will return to the team.
"I don't know when he and his group are going to feel like they are ready to go", Popovich told reporters. Therefore, it is not likely Leonard will play in the remaining six regular-season games and optimism is waning about his participation in the Western Conference playoffs. "If I knew, he'd be here". He has only played in nine games after missing the first 27, and hasn't played since he was shut down in January. "When he and his group feel he's ready, he'll be ready", Pop said, via the Associated Press. "Of course that's the objective (of his stay in New York), to get well, that's what he's doing".
The Spurs are now the 4th seed in the Western Conference, but could land anywhere from the 5th to the 8th seed by the time the NBA's regular season is officially in the books. He is averaging 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds.
Added up, the playoffs are about to commence and San Antonio has no clue whether it will have the services of the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
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