San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich provided an update Tuesday on Kawhi Leonard, who has missed 10 games due to right quadriceps tendinopathy, saying the two-time All-Star forward is “just coming along more slowly” than expected in rehabilitation.
Leonard hasn’t played for the Spurs since Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, and he missed that series due to an ankle injury.
Leonard came into training camp on San Antonio’s injured list but hasn’t yet been able to practice with the team, which is also missing veteran point guard Tony Parker, who underwent surgery during the offseason to repair a ruptured left quadriceps tendon.
Parker spent time working on a rehabilitation assignment with the team’s G League affiliate and took part in some work Tuesday during San Antonio’s morning shootaround in advance of Tuesday’s game against the Clippers.
In the meantime, San Antonio sees some positives coming from the absence of its best player in Leonard and its floor leader in Parker.
Patty Mills and second-year man Dejounte Murray continue to split duties at point guard with Parker out, while Kyle Anderson has filled in at Leonard’s spot on the wing.
“Every time a team has to adjust to play without their main player, others have to step up and gain confidence.
It’s going to take a little bit of time, but at this point, it’s making those guys step up and play a bigger role.” Mills admitted that adjusting to playing without go-to scorer Leonard took a toll on the Spurs, but he sees the forward’s present absence as a positive for the rest of the squad.