Kawhi Leonard was expected to make the leap to near stardom in the 2013-14 NBA season for the San Antonio Spurs on the heels of a fantastic showing in the 2013 postseason. However, Leonard hasn’t really progressed to that level this season and it seems like his development has hit yet another setback.
In Wednesday night’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Leonard was trying to fight through a screen from rookie center Steven Adams when Leonard’s hand got caught on his bicep, ultimately fracturing his finger on his right hand. Leonard went to the locker, got a cast, and obviously sat out for the rest of the game.
Though there’s no official timetable announced for Leonard as of right now, one can assume that he’ll be out for a fair amount of time. After all, Spurs guard Danny Green was out for a month earlier in the year with a similar injury, which seems like a good indication of how long Leonard could be sidelined.
For the season, Leonard has averaged 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 28.6 minutes per game while shooting a solid 51.7 percent from the floor, though he’s shot only 32.7 percent from three thus far. His offense hasn’t come along quite as well as many hoped it would, but he’s remained one of the key cogs in a talented Spurs defensive unit.
The Spurs will miss Leonard for however long he’s out. His stats may not be remarkable, but he’s a key piece in almost everything that they do on both ends of the floor. With Tiago Splitter out and Tony Parker banged up, it’ll be interesting to see how the Spurs handle the Leonard injury in terms of rotations and, of course, how they fare in terms of results.