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Kawhi Leonard expected to make season debut Tuesday against Dallas Mavericks

From NBA media reports

Dec 12, 2017 7:50 AM ET

Kawhi Leonard has not played for the Spurs since Game 1 of the 2017 West finals.

San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard is expected to make his season debut Tuesday when the Spurs visit Dallas (8:30 ET, NBA League Pass).

Leonard has missed all 27 of the Spurs' games this season while recovering from right quadriceps tendinopathy, a condition that causes pain and weakness in the knee.

Leonard last played in Game 1 of last season's Western Conference finals. He hurt his left ankle in the opener of that series against Golden State, turning it while trying to land after a jump shot and coming down on the foot of Warriors center Zaza Pachulia.

 
The Kawhi-less Spurs picked up a big win against Boston last weekend.

The Spurs are listing Leonard as probable. Even without Leonard, who averaged a career-best 25.5 points last season and is a two-time defensive player of the year, the Spurs are 19-8 this season and third in the Western Conference.

As a side note, a viral video of Leonard hit the internet last night via Instagram. In it, Leonard appears to be practicing karate in a kid's class. The video originally surfaced as part of Foot Locker's Instagram story and was later reposted by Instgrame user @kawhinot, an unofficial Kawhi fanpage on Instagram.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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