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Kawhi Leonard (ankle) has returned to physical activity, Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News reports.

Impact

Leonard was in and out of the lineup throughout the Spurs' recent playoff run due to a severely sprained ankle, which eventually led to the demise of the team's title hopes. However, after roughly a month off following elimination, Leonard has already returned to physical activity, although he's yet to take part in full basketball activities. The Spurs are sure to ease him back into the swing of things over the offseason, but Leonard is fully expected to be at full strength heading into training camp prior to the start of the 2017-18 campaign. Leonard finished his sixth NBA season with a career high of 25.5 points per game, while also adding 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.0 three-pointers across 33.4 minutes.

Kawhi Leonard (ankle) has been ruled out for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday against the Warriors, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.

Impact

Coach Gregg Popovich indicated earlier in the week that Leonard was unlikely to play Monday, so this latest update comes as no surprise. With the Warriors boasting a commanding 3-0 lead and on the brink of eliminating the Spurs, this could mean the end of Leonard's season after averaging 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals across 33.1 minutes during the 2016-17 campaign. Look for Jonathon Simmons to start a third straight game in Leonard's place Monday, with guys like Kyle Anderson and Manu Ginobili potentially picking up some extra run as well.

Coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard (ankle) is unlikely to play in Game 4 against the Warriors on Monday, Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

After aggravating a prior ankle injury in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, Leonard has gone on to miss the last two games and coach Gregg Popovich doesn't think he'll have his star back in time for Game 4 on Monday. Consider Leonard doubtful heading into the contest, with Jonathon Simmons the likely candidate to remain in the starting lineup in his place. Look for another update on Leonard's availability following Monday's morning shootaround.

Kawhi Leonard (ankle) will not play in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.

Impact

Although Leonard was listed as questionable for the contest, he was unable to go through any on-court work during the team's previous practices. Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio- Express-News relayed that coach Gregg Popovich indicated Leonard "is not thrilled by the decision." Thus, it appears the team stepped in here in order to avoid any further damage to the ankle. The star small forward aggravated the injury in Game 1, and has been sidelined since. His next opportunity to return to the court will be Game 4 on Monday. In the meantime, Jonathan Simmons figures to draw another start in Leonard's place.

Kawhi Leonard (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's Game 3 against the Warriors, Michael C. Wright of ESPN reports.

Impact

Leonard's questionable tag is certainly more encouraging than being ruled out a day in advance, but the fact that he didn't go through any on-court work during Thursday's practice leaves the All-NBA talent's status completely unknown. Look for another update to come on Leonard's health following Saturday morning shootaround, but it's likely that his status will not be confirmed until closer to tip-off for Game 3.

Kawhi Leonard (ankle) was at the Spurs' practice facility Thursday, but didn't appear to go through any on-court work, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Impact

The Spurs are expected to take an extremely cautious approach with Leonard, so he'll likely spend the next two days going through extensive treatment and rehabilitation. Coach Gregg Popovich indicated earlier in the week that he expects Leonard to ultimately be listed as questionable going into Game 3 on Saturday, but an official designation may not come until game day. Jonathon Simmons was one of the bright spots in Game 2, posting 22 points, three rebounds and three assists across 26 minutes, so he'd be in line for another start if Leonard can't give it a go Saturday.

Kawhi Leonard (ankle) has been ruled out for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors on Tuesday, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Impact

Leonard came into Tuesday with a doubtful designation, so his final ruling as out comes as no surprise. According to Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com, coach Gregg Popovich is tentatively considering Leonard questionable for Game 3 on Saturday as well, but with another four days off for rest a lot can change, so keep an eye out for another update later this week. Jonathon Simmons will start in Leonard's place Tuesday and should see a hefty workload, making him an intriguing low-cost option for DFS contests.

Kawhi Leonard (ankle) is officially being listed as doubtful ahead of Tuesday's Game 2 against the Warriors, Tom Orsborn of San Antonio-Express News reports.

Impact

Coach Gregg Popovich indicated earlier Monday that he didn't expect Leonard to be available, but his official listing as doubtful leaves at least a sliver of hope that he could ultimately make a return. According to Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com, Leonard's recent MRI revealed no structural damage, so while that doesn't necessarily mean much for his Game 2 availability, that does at least provide optimism that Leonard will be able to take the court later in the series. If everything goes as expected, look for Leonard to sit out Tuesday, with Johnathon Simmons the likely candidate to take his spot in the starting lineup.

Kawhi Leonard (ankle) has been ruled out of Tuesday's Game 2 against the Warriors, Michael Wright of ESPN reports.

Impact

Leonard was already battling a left ankle issue heading into Sunday's Game 1, and he managed to both aggravate that injury, as well as sprain his right ankle in 24 minutes of action. The MVP candidate scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds but the Spurs were unable to hold onto a 20-plus-point advantage after Leonard departed. In his absence, expect Jonathon Simmons to step into a larger role, with Kyle Anderson and Manu Ginobili both potentially seeing increased minutes, as well. When Leonard sat out Game 6 against Houston, Simmons got the starting nod, but the Spurs are yet to announce if that will again be the case Tuesday. Leonard should be considered optimistically questionable to play in Saturday's Game 3, before which he'll have had five full days to recover.

Kawhi Leonard (ankle) won't return to Sunday's Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors. He finished with 26 points (7-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 11-11 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and a steal across 24 minutes.

Impact

Leonard missed the final game of the semifinals against the Rockets with a sprain to the same ankle, but was cleared for a return ahead of Sunday's Game 1. However, during the third quarter of Sunday's contest, Leonard appeared to aggravate the injury twice in front of the Spurs' bench and was eventually taken to the locker room. The injury continues to be listed as a sprained left ankle and it remains to be seen what his status will be for Game 2 against the Warriors on Tuesday.

As expected, Kawhi Leonard (ankle) will play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals versus the Warriors, Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Impact

Leonard sprained his ankle in Game 5 of the Spurs' series against the Rockets. He was unable to finish the game, and subsequently missed their series clinching win. By not fighting through the injury he may have been able to increase the speed of his recovery. Expect him to take on a full workload right away, which means Jonathon Simmons and Kyle Anderson figure see their roles return back to normal. The star small forward posted 27.0 points, 6.0 boards, 4.0 assists, and 3.0 steals across 34.0 minutes in two games against the Warriors this season.

Kawhi Leonard (ankle) is expected to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday against the Warriors, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Leonard was forced to sit out Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals because of a sprained left ankle, but the Spurs were still able to pull out the victory and advance past the Rockets. That should give Leonard a full four days off for rest ahead of Sunday's Game 1, which is expected to give him enough time off to be cleared to play. Further updates on his availability should be given later this week, but as it currently stands, Leonard is trending towards being available. If he's ultimately cleared, Jonathon Simmons would head back to the bench.

Kawhi Leonard (ankle) will not play in Thursday's Game 6 against the Rockets, Marc J. Spears of ESPN reports.

Impact

Leonard suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Game 5 that prevented him from playing in the remainder of the game. He didn't workout much during shootaround Thursday morning and was ruled out before pregame warmups. Jonathon Simmons will get the start and figures to see extra minutes while Leonard is out. Leonard should be considered questionable for Sunday if Houston wins to force a winner-take-all Game 7.

Kawhi Leonard (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's Game 6 against the Rockets, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Impact

Leonard is still suffering from a sprained ankle that forced him to leave late in Game 5 on Tuesday. The All-Star swingman is reportedly participating in shootaround, and while this is surely encouraging for his status, Leonard will likely still have to go through pregame warmups before a final decision is made regarding his health. Expect an update closer to tip-off on Leonard, but if he is unable to play or is limited in any way, look for Jonathan Simmons to potentially take on even more minutes and the role of defending James Harden.

Kawhi Leonard (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Game 6 against the Rockets on Thursday, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.

Impact

After suffering a sprained left ankle in Game 5 on Tuesday, Leonard indicated in a postgame interview that he wasn't going to miss any time, but the Spurs' medical staff isn't ready to clear him for action quite yet. That said, the fact that the Spurs could close out the series with a victory in Game 6 likely means Leonard is going to do everything in his power to play, and another update on his availability should be given after Thursday's morning shootaround. If Leonard does find himself limited in any capacity, Jonathon Simmons could field more playing time after doing a respectable job defensively on Rockets superstar James Harden.

Kawhi Leonard, who suffered an ankle injury during Tuesday's 110-107 overtime victory against the Rockets on Tuesday, indicated he doesn't expect to miss any time and he'll be ready to play in Game 6, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.

Impact

Leonard's injury was believed to be somewhat serious, as the Spurs held him out of an important overtime session during Game 5. However, Leonard said after the game that he's good to go for Game 6, so it appears he's set to play through any lingering pain or swelling. Considering it's coming from Leonard himself, rather than coach Gregg Popovich or one of the team's medical personnel, his perceived availability for Game 6 should be taken with a grain of salt for the time being. His name could pop back up on the injury report ahead of Thursday's contest, so continue to monitor his status closely.

Kawhi Leonard finished Tuesday's 110-107 overtime victory in Game 5 against the Rockets with 22 points (8-21 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 15 rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers across 38 minutes. He sat out the entire overtime session with an ankle injury and his status for Game 6 is uncertain, Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Impact

Leonard was on his way to another big game Tuesday, but appeared to suffer an ankle injury late in the second half after rolling it on an opposing player. After attempting to play through it, Leonard was ultimately pulled from the game and was held on the bench for the overtime session. He'll likely undergo a heavy dose of rest and recovery ahead of Thursday's Game 6, but another update should be provided on Leonard in the next 24 hours or so to give a better idea of his availability moving forward.

Kawhi Leonard posted 16 points (7-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-3 FT), six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block over 30 minutes during Sunday's 125-104 loss to the Rockets during Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Impact

Leonard and the rest of the Spurs looked like they were playing a half-step slow against a Rockets team focused on keeping the pace particularly uptempo. The All-Star forward point total was his lowest of the playoffs and represented only his second time under 20 points during 10 postseason tilts. He'll look to rebound and help the Spurs break a 2-2 series deadlock in Game 5 at home on Tuesday.

Kawhi Leonard collected 26 points (9-20 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 10 rebounds, seven assists and one steal across 41 minutes in Friday's 103-92 win over the Rockets in Game 3.

Impact

The Spurs have won two games in a row now, mostly due to the defensive efforts from the former defensive player of the year and his teammates. Leonard didn't blow up the stat sheet on defense today nor on offense as he shot under 50 percent from the floor, but he did provide leadership on the floor and did enough scoring to propel the Spurs to a lead and ultimately a worry-free fourth quarter en route to a win. If the defense holds in the next few games, the Rockets will have a hard time overcoming the deficit they face against a very fundamentally sound Spurs team and a very hot all-star in Kawhi.

Kawhi Leonard recorded 34 points (13-16 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), eight assists, seven rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot across 37 minutes in Wednesday's 121-96 win over the Rockets.

Impact

Leonard effectively brushed off the disappointing Game 1 loss with a dominating performance on both ends of the floor and spearheaded a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach for the Rockets. Leonard has been lights out so far in the playoffs, averaging 29.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. He and the Spurs will look to go up 2-1 in the series on Friday in Houston.