Source: Spurs' Leonard won't return Thursday

From ESPN - March 13, 2018

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will not play Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans, according to a source close to the situation.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the news that Leonard would not play.

ESPN's Lisa Salters reported on Saturday that Leonard and the Spurs were targeting Thursday's game if he continued to progress on his recovery from a quadriceps injury that has caused him to miss all but nine games this season.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich would not put a timetable on Leonard's return, saying on Monday that he would speak with Leonard on Tuesday to evaluate the situation. Leonard and Popovich touched base again Tuesday; the two have remained in daily contact, with the forward inching closer to a possible return.

The Spurs brass also watched Leonard take part in a workout Tuesday at the team's facilities, according to a source, but the organization's stance since its last official statement has not changed: The forward remains out indefinitely. Leonard's return continues to be dependent on his comfort level with managing the injury.


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