Spurs' Kawhi Leonard will reportedly return next week against Pelicans
Barring any setbacks, Leonard will reportedly return from his quad injury next Thursday
It was later reported that Leonard might return by the end of March, and now, according to ESPN's Lisa Salters and Adrian Wojnarowski, Leonard is expected to rejoin the Spurs' lineup on Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Leonard has missed all but nine games this season due to right quad tendinopathy, and he was listed as out "indefinitely" by the team in mid-January as he continues to recover.
Wojnarowski reported earlier that Leonard had been cleared by the Spurs' medical staff and that the. So it appears that Leonard finally feels comfortable enough with the injury to play again, which could be a shot in the arm for San Antonio as they continue to fight for the postseason.
The Spurs had dropped seven of their last 10 games entering Saturday, and had fallen to the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference standings after holding the No. 3 position for most of the year. In one of the tightest playoff races in recent memory, the Spurs are just 1 1/2 games ahead of the 10th-place Utah Jazz.
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