Kawhi Leonard’s Injury Riddled Season Continues with Quad Injury
What is happening with Kawhi Leonard?
And we thought the Markelle Fultz injury drama was weird. This Leonard injury saga just keeps on evolving.
After missing the first 27-games this season recovering from a quadriceps injury, Leonard was only able to suit up for just nine games before going down again. Earlier in the month it was revealed that Leonard was playing with a partially torn shoulder, which oddly enough, wasn’t deemed too concerning by the San Antonio Spurs. Now, Leonard has been shut down indefinitely by the team as he will now rehabilitate from quadricep tendinopathy – the same injury that held him out of the beginning of the season.
“Kawhi has made significant progress and continues to move forward in his rehabilitation,” General Manager RC Buford said. “This is the best approach for the next steps in his return to play.”
The injury has clearly not gone away or gotten better as the season has gone on.
“It hasn’t responded the way we wanted it to,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said on Wednesday. “I’m probably more conservative than most, but the trainers, the rehab people, the doctors, the coaches, we all talked about this for a long time.”
Through nine games, Leonard has averaged just 16.2-points and 4.7-rebounds, while playing on minute restrictions.