Spurs picture coming into focus or is it? posted by Spurs Fan
The San Antonio Spurs have always been more than the sum of their parts, but some parts seem to be proving more essential than others.
Reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard's 9.75-inch-long hands are one of those parts.
Unfortunately, he tore a ligament in his right paw during a Dec. 9 loss to the Utah Jazz, dealing the franchise a significant blow amid what's almost certainly its most difficult month of competition.
In turn, San Antonio has lost six of its last eight games without Leonard and six of its last seven overall.
At the moment, there's no timetable for the fourth-year pro's return. Nor has there been any news that could be construed as particularly good.
Leonard is averaging 15.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in 32.2 minutes per contest—all on pace to be career highs. He's also looking for his offense more assertively, attempting 12.3 field goals and 4.1 free throws per game.
Having played 29.1 minutes and taken 9.8 shots per contest a season ago, the additional playing time and touches have had a lot to do with that evolution.
Leonard is the player who seems to tip the scale in making this Spurs squad the best in the organization's history. Even with past players such as Mario Elie, Sean Elliott, Robert Horry and Stephen Jackson, the Spurs have never had a player like Leonard on any of their championship rosters. Leonard turned the Big Three into a Fab Four. It makes them the one Spurs squad that could beat the other championship squads in franchise history if they were to mythically play each other in the Finals. KawhiContinue reading "Spurs picture coming into focus or is it?"