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Pop: Kawhi rehabbing in NY 'because he's trying to get well'

02 April 2018, 11:03 | Stacy Ballard

Kawhi Leonard injury update Spurs forward returns to New York for rehab

Kawhi Leonard injury update Spurs forward returns to New York for rehab

San Antonio Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard is once again rehabilitating his injured quadriceps in NY with outside medical personnel, ESPN reported Saturday.

"That's where he's doing his rehab", Popovich said.

Leonard spent three weeks in NY in February consulting with doctors and working out at the players union's facilities. Leonard has been in the care of his own medical team since then, and no timetable has been set for his return.

San Antonio Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard.

Spurs staff has traveled to NY to meet with Leonard and stay abreast of his treatment and activity, sources said. Parker elected to utilize the Spurs' doctors while Leonard sought consultation outside the organization, which is a practice the franchise encourages as its goal is to protect the player's long-term future.

"I don't know when he's going to feel, he and his group are going to feel like they're ready to go", Popovich said Sunday before a game against Houston. "If I knew, he'd be here".

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Leonard has missed all but nine games this season while nursing right quadriceps tendinopathy, an injury that flared up late in the offseason. He has not played since January 13.

"Sometimes you feel like an alien to the core group and you've got to fight through it", Ginobili said.

The Spurs have only five remaining games before the playoffs start, which means Leonard is running out of time to return to the lineup. Of course, that's the goal, to get well.

The Spurs are 8-2 in their last 10 games after beating the Rockets Sunday to move to 45-32 on the season, good for fourth in the West, a half-game ahead of the Thunder.

Leonard, 26, is a two-time All-NBA Defensive Player of the Year, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and MVP of the 2014 NBA Finals.

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on from the bench against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Golden 1 Center on October 27, 2016 in Sacramento, California.



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