Kawhi Leonard Targeting Return from Quad Injury on Tuesday vs. Mavericks

Angelo Anderson
December 10, 2017

Popovich's standard answer this season when asked about Leonard has been that he will return "sooner rather than later". "But I think down the stretch it will help us".

Over recent years, teams and reporters alike have been using social media - especially Twitter - to take light-hearted jabs at teams they may be facing that night, and it's not uncommon to see franchise's social media teams having a bit of back and forth banter after a game.

San Antonio has lost to defending league champion Golden State by 20 at home and to Eastern Conference leader Boston by 14 on the road. Parker played in the fourth quarter for the first time since he came back, and went 3 for 3 from the field for six points in three minutes. I was just focused on my injury. The Spurs got double-figure scoring from eight of the 11 players who took the court in the victory, which was their sixth in seven games. We're playing a lot of different people, a lot of different combinations. The coach joked Monday that the "sooner" is "really much sooner now". I know there's a guy around here someplace I'm missing. Leonard had been working out with Tony Parker, as he recovered from a ruptured quadriceps tendon, as well as former Spurs players Matt Bonner and Tim Duncan.

Boston played without Jaylen Brown (swollen eye) and Marcus Morris (knee rehab), but still improved to 8-0 against the Western Conference and swept the two-game season series against the Mavericks.

A four-time All-Star who came into the National Basketball Association at age 19, Irving is averaging 23.5 points and 5.0 assists this season.

Assuming that the Warriors and Rockets will be at the top of the standings throughout the season and will be in San Antonio's way in the playoffs, he will play a crucial role defending Kevin Durant and James Harden, something that the Spurs would have a hard time doing without him.

Suns: Phoenix starters scored four points in first quarter on 1-for-7 shooting.

Throughout the process, the club was reluctant to offer a timeline for the forward's return, as there's a level of unpredictability involved with rehabilitation from quadriceps tendinopathy, a source said.

While Aldridge has been the team's primary offensive threat in place of Leonard, San Antonio has carved out a 17-8 record by taking advantage of its depth.

Popovich anticipates a quick recovery for Anderson.

"For sure, it's going to be a tough challenge, a good test for us against a young team, very athletic" center Pau Gasol said after the Silver and Black beat the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. What I might do when I retire, what kind of wine I'm going to drink - all those things pale in comparison when I think about how many wins I have.

The Spurs' reserves stepped up again, just as they have done all season. "You got to get seven to 10 turnovers to have that".

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