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Spurs get a little healthier: Kawhi Leonard returns Wednesday

Feb 26, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT

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It’s so hard to get a good read on just how good San Antonio really is during the regular season. Sure, they are 40-16 overall, second best record in the West and fourth best in the NBA, but they are 3-11 against the rest of the top five in the West and the top two in the East.

Also, the Spurs have just not been healthy and they are resting guys to make sure they are healthy when the playoffs start. For example, Tony Parker remains out right now.

But the Spurs are getting closer to healthy as the season winds down — they get Kawhi Leonard back on Wednesday night vs. the Pistons, San Antonio announced on Wednesday.

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This means the Spurs will have all their players back save Parker (Patty Mills still starts at the point in his place). The Spurs start Marco Belinelli at the two (with Manu Ginobili behind him off the bench), Leonard, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter. That core took them to within a whisper (or a made free throw, or a defensive rebound) of the NBA title last year.

Whether they can do it again or if the best of the West have moved past them remains an open question, but with them finally healthy we are getting closer to answers.

  1. shadowgamesshades - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    I have nothing but respect for the Spurs. They’ve been the most consistent team for the past decade. Multiple 50+ win seasons, 4 championships. Spurs never have gotten the respect they deserved. People always sleep on the Spurs by saying they are too old. They can still destroy teams come playoff time. Spurs never reveal their hand in the regular season.

    • spursareold - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      The Spurs secret is they have, believe in, and execute a system. They have some really good players, but only Parker is an All Star/All NBA candidate at this time. They’ve had an absurd NINE different players drop 20 points in a game this year, and four more beyond that who have scored in double figures.

      • bougin89 - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        The way they execute their system speaks volumes of how much respect the players have for Popovich. It’s not luck that they find so many good players in the rough. They seek out hard working, smart players and they blossom in Popovich’s system.

  2. dablakdrphil - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    As a Laker fan we really hate the Spurs because of all the playoff battles

    But the Spurs are a very very great organization from top to bottom and in my opinion Greg Pop is the best NBA Head Coach in the league right now. That’s a franchise that’s managed to stay consistent for over 10 years, that’s pretty remarkable

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