Report: Spurs’ Leonard has tear in shoulder

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has a partial tear in his left shoulder that could keep him out of action for a while, according to a report from the San Antonio Express-News.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich revealed the extent of the injury before Sunday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Leonard was ruled out because of what the team described as a shoulder strain, but Popovich said it was a tear.

“It’s too bad,” Popovich told the Express-News. “He was starting to get back into form a little bit after playing a couple of games.”

Leonard, a two-time All-Star, has been limited to eight games this season because of a quadriceps injury. He made his season debut Dec. 12 and is averaging 15.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

The Spurs entered Sunday with a 27-13 record despite playing much of the season without their star forward. Popovich’s squad has relied on a group effort rather than an individual replacement for Leonard’s scoring. In addition to Leonard, eight players are averaging at least eight points per game.

–Field Level Media

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