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Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard Is Still in New York Rehabbing Hamstring Injury

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2018

San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, center, stands at the bench with injured teammates Kawhi Leonard, left, and Rudy Gay, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in San Antonio. Indiana won 94-86. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich confirmed Kawhi Leonard remains in New York rehabbing his injured quad with no timetable for a return.

"You'll have to ask Kawhi and his group that question," Popovich told reporters when asked if Leonard could rejoin the Spurs during their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors ran the Spurs off the floor in Game 1 on Saturday, earning a 113-92 win without Stephen Curry. Leonard has been limited to only nine games this season due to a quad injury, though Spurs team doctors have cleared him for a return.

"So far they say that he's not ready to go. So we can't do anything until that happens, then we would have to decide what's going on from there," Popovich said.

Leonard's status has been a cloud hanging over the Spurs all season. He returned for a nine-game stretch in December and January but was ruled out indefinitely when he felt discomfort in his quad.

San Antonio managed to put together a 47-35 record and earn the West's No. 7 seed without him, but they are wildly outmatched against the Warriors. The Spurs have taken an interestingly standoffish tone in discussing Leonard, both publicly and privately. The normally tight-lipped organization has been full of leaks about the situation, and Popovich has mentioned Leonard's "team" on multiple occasions.

There is clearly tension here, likely from both sides. With the Spurs looking outgunned against the Warriors and Leonard across the country rehabbing, the overwhelming odds are we won't see him at any point during the postseason.

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The question then becomes whether we'll ever see him in a Spurs uniform again. 

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