Kawhi Leonard Won't Return Thursday

After fears that he would miss the season Kawhi Leonard may return to the Spurs lineup in time to face the streaking Pelicans. More

After fears that he would miss the season Kawhi Leonard may return to the Spurs lineup in time to face the streaking Pelicans. More

Spurs coach Greg Popovich says Leonard, "has to be cleared by his medical staff" and also said that he is "frustrated" by the process according to Jeff McDonald of the San-Antonio-News.

If Leonard does indeed return on Thursday, it couldn't come at a better time for the Spurs.

Leonard's return would bring an end to a seemingly endless saga, and one highly unusual for the usually drama-free Spurs. Basically what he's saying is that Leonard's return is out of the Spurs' hands.

Leonard has played in just nine games this season due to right quadriceps tendinopathy. They haven't missed the playoffs since the 1996-97 season.

Now, Leonard isn't going to show up and immediately turn things around by himself.

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Popovich, who explained that the team will continue to err on the side of caution when it comes to Leonard's injury, said he has seen the forward work out but that Leonard "needs a little bit more work". Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports he won't play this Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Leonard, the 2014 Finals MVP and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, was first revealed to be injured in training camp. San Antonio isn't getting Kawhi Leonard back just yet. "And we'll go from there", Popovich said. Currently, the Spurs (37-30) are in 10th place in the Western Conference. The Spurs dropped their third straight game after a 109-93 loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday.

With 15 games to play, the Rockets are now 53-14, and their magic number to clinch the West's top seed is 13.

Russell Westbrook notched his 19th triple-double of the term with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and the Thunder bench poured in 50 points as they improved to 6-3 since the All-Star break.

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