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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says forward Kawhi Leonard suffered tear in shoulder

From NBA Twitter and media reports

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said that star forward Kawhi Leonard suffered a partial tear in his left shoulder during Friday’s 103-89 win over Phoenix, according to a tweet from San Antonio Express-News reporter Tom Orsborn.

Leonard was initially listed out of Sunday night’s game at Portland with a left shoulder strain, but Popovich revealed the injury to be more severe during pregame interviews. Despite that, the Spurs are still hopeful Leonard will return sooner than later.

The two-time All-Star had only been back eight games after recovering from a quadriceps injury suffered during last year’s playoff run to the Western Conference Finals. Without him, the Spurs have still managed to put together a 27-13 record, good for third-best in the conference.