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Leonard continues to rebound at an exceptional rate. He put up 19 points (4-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 10-12 FT), 14 rebounds, two assists, three steals, and one block in 36 minutes Sunday.
This was the second straight 14-rebound game for Leonard and his third double-double in the last four games. Over his last five games, Leonard has averaged 15.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers in 31 minutes per game. Though the spectre of injury always seems to reduce Leonard's perceived value, he's putting up great stats. While he has more value in turnover leagues, Leonard's improved contributions lately are making him a better play in head-to-head leagues.
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Leonard recorded a double-double with 17 points (6-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 15 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes during Tuesday's victory over the Denver Nuggets.
It was Leonard's seventh double-double of the season in just his third game back after missing 15 games with torn ligaments in his hand. The 15 rebounds were a season-high for him, boosting his season average to 7.8 rebounds per game. It's safe to say he's over his injury and a must play in all fantasy leagues.
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Leonard (hand) made his return Friday against the Trail Blazers after missing 15 games with a broken hand, scoring 20 points (8-18 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and finishing the game with four rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Friday's win was one of the most complete game for the Spurs all season, and having Leonard healthy was a big part of that. Now that he's healthy, Leonard immediately becomes one of the top small forwards in standard category leagues, considering he can do a bit of everything. In his 22 previous games this season, Leonard averaged 15.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals. Owners should feel comfortable using him every game now.
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Leonard (hand) will start Friday's game, Project Spurs' Paul Garcia reports.
There will not be a minutes limit for Leonard, and coach Gregg Popovich said he will just monitor what Leonard's conditioning level is. There will be some rust to knock off, but he should be deployed in all season-long formats based on the across the board production he offers.
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Leonard (hand) is probable for Friday's game against the Trail Blazers.
Leonard's expected return will likely push Austin Daye out of the starting lineup, though Daye was merely filling in for Marco Belinelli (groin), who is out for Friday's game. The real losers in terms of playing time will likely be Cory Joseph and Patty Mills, as a healthy Leonard means that Danny Green and Manu Ginobili will see fewer minutes as the nominal small forward. Of course, that isn't exactly a sure thing, so the Spurs' rotation will be worth keeping a close eye on. Leonard could perhaps be eased back in due to the length of his absence, but a hand injury probably didn't prevent him from staying in top shape.
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Leonard (hand) has begun light shooting in the paint, the San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald reports.
He is still expected to be sidelined for close to two weeks, and cannot fully extend his hand to take perimeter shots yet. Continue to monitor his status, and look for Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili to continue to see plenty of run in his absence.
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Leonard (hand) may return to action in two weeks, Yahoo! Sports reports.
He's expected to "resume light basketball activity this week," as reported, and this certainly is a positive sign for the young forward. He's averaging 15.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 0.9 three-pointers made this season, which makes him a stash-worthy player in spite of his current situation.
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Leonard (hand) is still "weeks" away from a return, according to coach Greg Popovich, San Antonio Express-News reports.
This is hardly unexpected, as an extended absence was anticipated after Leonard suffered a torn ligament in his right hand last month, but it sounds like Leonard may very well remain out for the majority of January. Marco Belinelli has fared reasonably well in an expanded role of late, recording double-digit points in three of his last four games.
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Leonard (hand) is likely to miss extended time, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.
When queried about Leonard's return status, coach Gregg Popovich said, "later rather than sooner," indicating the versatile wing is not close to being back on the floor. Leonard has missed the Spurs' last nine games and remains without a return timetable. It's nearly impossible to estimate just how long he'll remain out, but it appears Marco Belinelli, Boris Diaw and rookie Kyle Anderson should each continue to see moderate boosts in value with Leonard on the shelf.
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Leonard (hand) will not play Tuesday against the Grizzlies, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.
The Spurs aren't saying much about Leonard's injury, but the versatile wing will miss his eighth straight contest. Continue to consider him day-to-day, with his next opportunity to take the court coming Wednesday when the Spurs host the Pelicans.