Leonard has missed the last four games for the Spurs. He originally injured his hand two weeks ago in a game against the Utah Jazz. He sat out two games, then returned for the team’s win against the Denver Nuggets on Dec. 14 and the team’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers the next night.
"I don't know about Kawhi," Popovich said, according to ESPN.com. “That one's very problematic."
Leonard said last week that he would be back in the lineup soon, but Popovich said that isn’t the case.
"I don't think that's accurate," Popovich said. "He got another injection yesterday. One of the doctors said he's been doing hands for 40 years, and it's the first time he's ever seen this injury. It's a little bit unique."
Leonard, the team’s third-leading scorer, is averaging 15.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists this season for San Antonio (18-11), which next takes on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day.
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