Spurs coach Popovich says Kawhi has tear in shoulder

NBA.com Global on Jan 08, 2018 09:29 AM
Spurs coach Popovich says Kawhi has tear in shoulder
FILE - HOUSTON, TX - MAY 7: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs stands for a moment of silence for the National Anthem before the game against the Houston Rockets during Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2017 Playoffs on May 7, 2017 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said that star forward Kawhi Leonard suffered a partial tear in his left shoulder during Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) 103-89 win over Phoenix, according to a tweet from San Antonio Express-News reporter Tom Orsborn.

Leonard was initially listed out of Sunday night's (Monday, PHL time) game at Portland with a left shoulder strain, but Popovich revealed the injury to be more severe during pregame interviews. Despite that, the Spurs are still hopeful Leonard will return sooner than later.

The two-time All-Star had only been back eight games after recovering from a quadriceps injury suffered during last year's playoff run to the Western Conference Finals. Without him, the Spurs have still managed to put together a 27-13 record, good for third-best in the conference.

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