San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is expected to miss the remainder of the season as he continues to rehab in NY with his personal team, while his Spurs teammates face the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
Leonard has been rehabbing in NY because that is where his medical staff is located, and he has not been cleared by his doctors, league sources said.
About 90 minutes later, the answer from a Yahoo Sports league source came back: Leonard is unlikely to play in the rest of the postseason.
When asked on Sunday whether he expected Leonard to rejoin the team at some point during the postseason, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich instructed reporters to "ask Kawhi and his group". The Spurs star made "strides" recently in his recovery, but wants to return at "full health" after a team-collaborated rehab program.
Leonard - the 2013-14 NBA Finals MVP - missed the first 27 games of the season with the quadriceps injury and returned on a limited basis December 12, playing nine games over the next month. He last played 29 minutes on January 13 and hasn't returned to the court since. The two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year is in his seventh season with the Spurs after being drafted No. 15 overall in 2011.