Kawhi Leonard Diagnosed With Partial Tear In Shoulder

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But more disappointingly for them? At least, that is how head coach Gregg Popovich feels.

The Spurs took an extra cautious route with Kawhi Leonard's return and have maintained that path upon his return.

Leonard hurt his shoulder during their 103-89 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday and it was originally diagnosed as a left shoulder strain.

Two other players are nursing injuries: guard Danny Green has a nagging groin injury that has forced him to miss eight games, including the last three in a row, and reserve forward Rudy Gay has been sidelined the last three games with a sore right heel that requires him to wear a walking boot.

They will certainly hope that this latest injury doesn't keep him out for too long.

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However, the Spurs are optimistic about his long-term outlook. That injury ultimately cost him the first 27 games of the season.

It certainly makes the Spurs' record all the more impressive having accomplished a 27-13 start mostly without their MVP-caliber star. "The Klaw" is now averaging 15.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.4 steals nightly in the seven games he has played since making his return.

Despite numerous injuries, the Spurs are 27-14 and now in third place in the Western Conference standings. Forbes has played in all 41 games this season and is averaging 20 minutes and seven points per game while shooting almost 43 percent from 3-point range.

Leonard was ruled out of Sunday night's game at Portland, and the Spurs plan to evaluate Leonard over the next couple of days of its current road trip.