Spurs’ star Kawhi Leonard won’t be ready to start the season

first_imgMOST READ Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. ages License Agreement. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — Kawhi Leonard still isn’t ready to play.San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said the All-Star forward needs more time to get his injured thigh muscle right, meaning he won’t be out there when the Spurs open their regular season on Wednesday against Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Harrison Barnes scored 24 for visiting Dallas (4-2).MAVERICKS: Dennis Smith Jr. closed his preseason with 10 points and nine assists. … Dirk Nowitzki had 14 points and J.J. Barea added 13.HORNETS: Dwight Howard grabbed 12 rebounds, helping Charlotte win that battle 50-37. … Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon each scored 14.CAVALIERS 113, MAGIC 106Playing without LeBron James, Cleveland got 18 points from Jose Calderon and 15 from Dwyane Wade to beatOrlando.James missed his fourth preseason game with a bad ankle, and Kevin Love also didn’t play for the visiting Cavaliers (1-4). Aaron Gordon had 21 points for the Magic (3-3).CAVALIERS: Kyle Korver took five 2-point attempts, something he did in only six games all last season. … Wade and Derrick Rose didn’t play in the second half. … JR Smith came off the bench to further acclimate to his new role, now that Wade is the starting shooting guard.MAGIC: Orlando allowed 36 points in the third quarter. … Jonathon Simmons started again in place of the injured Terrence Ross (hamstring). … Simmons had 12 points and Elfrid Payton had 11 on 4-for-4 shooting.WIZARDS 110, KNICKS 103Bradley Beal scored 24 points in his best game of the preseason, helping Washington (4-1) send the Knicks to a winless exhibition slate. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 23 points as the host Knicks finished 0-5.WIZARDS: All-Star John Wall sat out the finale. … Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 21 points. … Former Knicks forward Jason Smith had 17 points.KNICKS: Kristaps Porzingis (sore right hip) and Frank Ntilikina (bruised right knee) were held out again. Ntilikina, the Knicks’ first-round pick, appeared in just one preseason game. He said he expects to fully practice Saturday. … Doug McDermott scored 21 points off the bench. He had 12 in his first five minutes.RAPTORS 125, BULLS 104Toronto outscored Chicago 38-17 in the fourth quarter to turn what was a tie game into a blowout.CJ Miles scored 27 points for visiting Toronto (3-2), which got 17 from Kyle Lowry and 16 from Norman Powell. Justin Holiday scored 17 for Chicago (3-3).RAPTORS: Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points and 10 rebounds. … The Raptors were 19 of 48 from 3-point range.BULLS: Lauri Markkanen scored 13 and Bobby Portis added 12. … Chicago had 28 assists on 38 field goals.SPURS 106, ROCKETS 97LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio (3-2).Rudy Gay scored 14 points and Kyle Anderson added 13 for the Spurs. Eric Gordon led the host Rockets (4-1) with 27 points, and James Harden added 15 points and 11 assists — but shot a mere 5 for 17.SPURS: Danny Green had 11 points and seven assists. … The Spurs outscored Houston 60-38 in the paint.ROCKETS: Houston took 53 shots from 3-point range, making 15. … Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson combined for 27 points, but shot 5 for 20 from behind the arc. 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He didn’t play, and the Pelicans got routed.Jarrell Martin scored 20 points and Marc Gasol finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Memphis (3-2). Jordan Crawford scored 19 for New Orleans (1-3).PELICANS: Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins both shot 2 for 5, combining for 16 points. … New Orleans trailed by as many as 49.GRIZZLIES: Memphis got to the 100-point mark with 4:17 left in the third quarter. … Mike Conley scored 19.BUCKS 107, PISTONS 103Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out six assists as Milwaukee (1-3) avoided a winless preseason.Avery Bradley and Andre Drummond were brilliant for visiting Detroit (2-3). Bradley scored 26 points on 11-for-17 shooting, and Drummond finished with 18 points, 22 rebounds and seven assists.PISTONS: Tobias Harris scored 13 points and Boban Marjanovic added 10. … Detroit got outscored 48-27 from 3-point range.BUCKS: Khris Middleton and Mirza Teletovic each scored 14. … Milwaukee used 14 players — 13 of them scored (rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon was the exception) and all 14 got at least one rebound. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Some other injuries from training camp and preseason action are far more significant, like the ones endured by Charlotte’s Nic Batum (elbow ligament tear), Miami’s Rodney McGruder (stress fracture in left leg), Indiana’s Glenn Robinson III (high ankle sprain followed by surgery to repair ligaments Friday), Washington’s Markieff Morris (sports hernia), New Orleans’ Rajon Rondo (sports hernia) and Utah’s Dante Exum (shoulder).They are looking at weeks — or in many cases, months — before they’ll play again.So the preseason is over. Some teams will be feeling the effects of it for a while longer.Here’s a look at Friday’s preseason finales:HORNETS 111, MAVERICKS 96Kemba Walker scored 17 points and Johnny O’Bryant III had all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter for Charlotte.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 76ERS 119, HEAT 95Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick each scored 19 for Philadelphia (2-3), with Redick going 5 for 6 from 3-point range.Bam Adebayo, James Johnson and Dion Waiters had 13 apiece for Miami (3-3).HEAT: Hassan Whiteside picked up three fouls by the midpoint of the first quarter, with Joel Embiid drawingthem all. … Jordan Mickey had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Justise Winslow scored 10.76ERS: Philadelphia “hosted” the game in Kansas City, Missouri. … The 76ers shot 14 for 39 from beyond the arc, while holding Miami to a 4 for 30 performance from long range.WARRIORS 117, KINGS 106Stephen Curry had 18 points in 19 minutes as Golden State made a successful return home after its two-game China trip.David Stockton had 23 points and eight assists for the Kings (1-5).KINGS: Veteran summer acquisitions Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and George Hill all were sidelined. … Rookie Frank Mason started and had 10 points. … Rookies De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic missed the game with injuries.WARRIORS: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala didn’t play. … Patrick McCaw scored 17 points and Nick Young made five 3-pointers for 15. … Rookie Jordan Bell started and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.LAKERS 111, CLIPPERS 104 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brook Lopez scored 16 points for the Lakers (2-4), and the Los Angeles teams tuned up against each other before they meet in their season openers on Thursday.Tyrone Wallace had 23 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Clippers (2-3).LAKERS: Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle each scored 15 points. … Rookie Kyle Kuzma struggled to a 1-for-8 night, scoring eight points. … Lonzo Ball sat again after hurting his ankle earlier in the preseason.CLIPPERS: Rookie Jawun Evans had 22 points and eight assists. … Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic all sat.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He’s still rehabbing and when he’s ready, he’ll be ready,” Popovich told reporters in Houston before San Antonio’s preseason finale.Leonard didn’t play at all in camp or preseason, after a year where he averaged 25.5 points — raising his scoring average for the fifth consecutive season — and finished behind only Russell Westbrook and James Harden in the MVP race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Spurs aren’t alone when it comes to injury woes heading into the season.Many are minor, like Cleveland’s LeBron James nursing a sprained ankle and Golden State’s Andre Iguodala dealing with a bad back — issues that might keep them out of their respective opening nights. Kevin Durant (virus) and Draymond Green (back) also missed Golden State’s preseason finale on Friday, though neither situation is thought to be serious. Nor is the Rockets’ Chris Paul sitting out Friday with a sore knee, after missing a game earlier this week with a sore shoulder. Source: Cavs trading Jefferson, Felder to Hawks Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more