Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps) makes season debut against Mavs

Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps) makes season debut against Mavs

San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Kawhi Leonard (quad) is "good to go" for Tuesday's matchup with the Dallas Mavericks, head coach Gregg Popovich said. Leonard, who has not played since Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals (May 14), will be limited in his return to action, though at this point the Spurs have not divulged how many minutes the All-NBA forward is expected to play right away.

San Antonio's minutes plan for Leonard appears similar to that of guard Tony Parker, who played more than 20 minutes for the first time in seven games since returning from surgery for a ruptured quadriceps tendon. We haven't practiced in a month.

The Spurs posted on their Twitter account Monday afternoon that Leonard and Danny Green are probable for Tuesday night's game at Dallas.

Before the latest report came out, there were rumors that Leonard was supposed to play against the Phoenix Suns last Saturday, which eventually did not happen. "We're excited to have him back and see how he feels". Coach Rick Carlisle said Dennis Smith Jr. will miss his third consecutive game Tuesday because of a left hip strain.

Aldridge is averaging 22.5 points per game, which is his highest as a Spurs, while also having the best effective field goal percentage of his career. His play on both ends has justified a lucrative contract extension he signed prior to the season.

"It feels like we're shooting ourselves in the foot", forward Dirk Nowitzki told reporters after Sunday's loss to the Timberwolves. "It's just little things here and there, and three tough ballgames in a row".

But it's not like they've have had an abundance of home cooking on their own floor, either. Leonard's lone offensive rebound was a tip-out to himself that led to a bucket for a 55-50 Spurs lead, and Popovich pulled him soon after. We're playing a lot of different people, a lot of different combinations.