as informed in pic.twitter.com/hVrGV1IAhN — San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 10, 2017The Spurs forward was hit in the face by Victor Oladipo during Thursday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Leonard has entered the NBA’s concussion protocol and has been ruled out for Saturday’s nationally televised game against the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors are currently two games ahead of the Spurs in the Western Conference standings.
Kawhi Leonard has entered the NBA’s Concussion Protocol.
Golden State needs every win it can get down the stretch — especially against San Antonio — as both teams fight for the No.
Spurs star Kawhi Leonard to miss Warriors game with concussion
SAN ANTONIO — All-Star Kawhi Leonard will miss the Spurs’ showdown with the Golden State Warriors on Saturday after suffering a concussion.
Leonard is averaging 26.2 points, 5.9 points and 3.4 assists while also continuing his role as the team’s top defender.
Leonard cannot return until he is evaluated by a team physician and passes the NBA’s concussion protocol.
San Antonio entered Friday two games behind Golden State for the league’s top seed.
Leonard was injured in the second half of San Antonio’s 102-92 loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday night, which snapped the team’s nine-game winning streak.
Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio Spurs in concussion protocol, out vs. Golden State Warriors
SAN ANTONIO — Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has entered the league’s concussion protocol and will not play in Saturday’s pivotal game against the Golden State Warriors.
We have to regroup and do better the things we didn’t do well enough [against Oklahoma City] and prepare for a good Golden State team coming in.”
With Leonard on the floor, the Spurs’ points differential was plus-2, they shot 53 percent and they produced an assist-to-turnover ratio of 9-to-4.
A win over the Warriors on Saturday would give the Spurs the season series between the teams, as they defeated Golden State 129-100 in the season opener.
The club originally anticipated that Leonard would not go into the NBA’s concussion protocol but changed course after performing additional evaluations.
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