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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich confirmed Kawhi Leonard remains in New York to recover his injured quad without a return schedule.
"You have to ask Kawhi and his group the question" Popovich told the reporters when they asked if Leonard could join Spursna during his first round series against Golden State Warriors.
The wars ran Spurs off the floor of Game 1
"So far, they say he is not ready to go. So we can not do what happens, then we have to decide what's going on," Popovich said .
Leonard's status has been a cloud hanging over Spurs the whole season. He returned for a nine-game stretch in December and January but was ruled out when he felt discomfort in his quad.
San Antonio managed to compile a 47-35 record and earn West No. 7 seed without him, but they are wildly matched with the war arena. The spurs have taken an interesting crucial note when discussing Leonard, both public and private. The normally tight organization has been full of leaks about the situation, and Popovich has mentioned Leonard's "team" on several occasions.
There is clear excitement here, probably from both sides. With Spursna fought against Warriors and Leonard over the country rehabbing are the overwhelming odds we will not see him sometime during the afterseason.
The question will be if we will ever see him in a Spurs uniform again.