Kawhi Leonard to miss Spurs' regular-season opener, report says

Bob Rosato                                            2003 NBA Finals Spurs vs. Nets

San Antonio Spurs superstar forward Kawhi Leonard is reportedly expected to miss the team's 2017-18 regular-season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves at AT&T Center on Wednesday because of a quad injury, according to the San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald.

"He won't be available", Popovich said.

The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Leonard is entering his seventh National Basketball Association season after averaging a career-high 25.5 points and 5.8 rebounds last season, making the All-Star Game for the second time in his career.

During the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Leonard suffered an ankle injury in Game 1. It isn't clear yet when he will be fully recovered, but we do now know that Leonard will miss some regular season time.

"I don't gauge it", Popovich told reporters. Popovich is known for not forcing players to return to action if not fully ready. Popovich said Leonard's still undergoing rehab, adding that he will play once ready.

The Spurs are likely in big trouble should Leonard's quads continue to keep him shelved.

But losing Leonard, probably the best two-way player in the National Basketball Association, for long may be too much even for Pop.

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