Leonard contracted conjunctivitis in Germany during the preseason and has been playing with a fog in his right eye, which is clearly affecting his shooting. His right eye remains blurry and sensitive to light, per the paper. After shooting 52.2 percent from the field last season, Leonard has converted only 43.3 percent of his field goal attempts through 11 games.
"There’s really nothing I can do about it," Leonard said. "I just have to play through it."
Leonard took a blow to the face during the game and needed five stitches above his left eyebrow after heading to the locker room. With the game in hand, the Spurs may hold him out for the short time left in the game. He should be fine moving forward.
Leonard was struck in the face by Kobe Bryant as the Laker was getting fouled by another Spurs player, and it was bad enough to draw blood and send the NBA Finals MVP to the locker room. He scored 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting while making both his three-pointers before coming out of the game. Leonard has also racked up five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Friday's game.
Despite not signing a contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline,
"I don't think I'm going anywhere," Leonard said, per USA Today. "I mean they love me here. I like the organization, and if it was up to me, I want to finish out with one team like a lot of great players have done, to stay with one organization their whole career and just be loyal to that. You never know. We'll see what happens next summer, but I'm pretty sure I'll be in a Spurs jersey for my whole life."
He added that the lack of a contract extension will not be a distraction during the season and his only goal is to win another championship.
"I was never upset about [the extension]," Leonard said. "I mean they explained to me what their deal is and why they didn't do it yet. That'll play out. I'm just here to play basketball and have fun and try to win another championship. If I think about that, then I'm not going to be the same player that I am and will be just out of it."
Leonard made the comments after contributing 26 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and three assists during the Spurs’ 89-85 victory over the Clippers Monday.
According to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, doctors have told
Leonard contracted conjunctivitis in Germany during the preseason and has been playing with a fog in his right eye, which is clearly affecting his shooting. The reigning NBA Finals MVP is shooting 30.8 percent from the field, including 11.1 percent (1 of 9) from 3-point territory through his first four games.
Leonard promised to continue playing through the issue moving forward.
"I have to," Leonard said. "I can't sit and wait on the sidelines anymore just wasting games. It might not ever clear up until summer so I’m playing now."
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