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Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard suffers fractured hand injury against Thunder

Jan 22, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

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Just in case you hadn’t quite had enough of injuries to star-level NBA players this season, here’s one more to add to the very long list

Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs left Wednesday’s game against the Thunder with what later was determined to be a fractured hand injury. He (obviously) will not return, and will likely be out for some time.

From Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News:

Danny Green already is out with a similar injury and his timetable is four weeks, so we can reasonably assume that Leonard will be out at least as long with his.

San Antonio sits atop the Western Conference with a record of 32-9, but the injuries would lead you to believe that there will be some slippage there over the next few weeks. That’s less than ideal, but probably fine with the tam in the grand scheme of things, as long as it can get everyone back healthy for the playoff run that doesn’t begin until mid-April.

  1. apkyletexas - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    I was hoping he would take a big next step with his play this year, but so far its just been continued incremental improvement. I don’t know that he or Danny Green are the “next big stars” the Spurs really need to take over the franchise. I thought they would be, but so far this year they’ve seemed complacent to me.

  2. savvybynature - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Damn. Spurs now missing three starters from last season. Hope they can keep chugging along, but this one is big since they didn’t have a true backup sf anyway. Makes me think they will be potentially even more aggressive on the trade market now.

  3. rickyspanish - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    savvybynature

    Agreed. I’m pretty sure you’re a fan of Los Spurs, who would you want in a trade?

    • savvybynature - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      Yes, they’ve always been my team since the days of The Admiral! I’m lucky to have picked a team at a young age that would not only go on to have great success, but do it with classy guys that you want to be a fan for.
      What they really need is a 3-and-D perimeter guy, especially with Danny Green and now Leonard out. They also need a backup SF, preferably one that can step up in class and log some minutes at PF in small ball situations. A guy like Harrison Barnes or even Draymond Green from the Warriors, though I doubt either of those two would be available to a conference rival. Maybe Caron Butler from the Bucks? The Bucks don’t really have any SF depth, but they aren’t playing Butler anyway, and besides, it’s the Bucks, does it matter if they have any small forwards at all? (Sorry Bucks fans, but it’s true. You guys need ping pong balls, not players).

    • bjornreyes - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      Not sure why you got some thumbs down. I also believe Los Spurs will be looking for help in the trade market.

  4. Gordon - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    This season blows. Too many great/very good players getting hurt across the league.

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