Kawhi Leonard Injury: Updates on Spurs Star's Tendinitis

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2012

The San Antonio Spurs will have to survive for a few weeks without a major contributor as Kawhi Leonard deals with a quadriceps injury.

According to CBS Sports, the quadriceps tendinitis will keep Leonard out for 10-14 days:

Spurs announce Kawhi Leonard out with quadriceps tendinitis for 10-14 days.

— Eye on Basketball (@EyeOnBasketball) November 16, 2012


NBA.com reported that the small forward will not even travel with the team for a road trip that covers six games. 

Leonard is a big reason why San Antonio has won seven of its first nine games. The second-year player out of San Diego State has started every game and is currently fourth on the team with 10.6 points per game. 

He also contributes as a solid defender, rebounder and three-point shooter.

Most importantly, the 21-year-old represents a youth movement for an aging team led by Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker—all of whom are at least 30.

With Leonard out, the Spurs will likely give more minutes to Ginobili and Stephen Jackson, who have been coming off the bench. Danny Green and other starters will also need to step up their performance as well.

Hopefully for San Antonio, Leonard will be able to return to the court after the 14 days with no complications. He has become a big part of the team, and it will be difficult for the Spurs to keep up their torrid pace without him. 

Check back for updates on Leonard as more information becomes available.