Leonard told Monroe he he must wait for the swelling in his hand to reside before he considers returning. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Leonard will likely only need to sit for a couple games.
The 23-year-old originally injured his hand on Dec. 9. He had X-Rays the next day and missed two games, then returned to play two before sitting out on Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
"I guess he’s got something kind of torn in there," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "A little bit of mucked up stuff in there. There’s nothing broken or anything, but there's a little bit of divots or whatever they call it in a ligament or a tendon or one of those parts of your body that we all have in our hands."
"When the docs feel comfortable he can go and he can handle it pain-wise, I guess that’s when he’ll play."
Leonard is averaging 15.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game this season. He was last season's NBA Finals MVP when San Antonio defeated the Miami Heat.
The Spurs (17-9) play the Portland Trail Blazers (20-6) on Friday night.
- Molly Geary