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Leonard Out vs. Grizzlies
Monday, March 28
Leonard Has Developed into MVP-Caliber Talent
Leonard’s development in the NBA since his arrival in 2011 has been a beauty to behold. The former San Diego State Aztec has improved with each season, growing from more of a defensive specialist to an all-around superstar.
He’s unlikely to win, but Leonard has put together a 2015-16 season at least worthy of MVP consideration. To date, he’s averaging 20.8 points and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from three.
In addition, the Spurs have a paltry 94.2 defensive rating per 100 possessions when Leonard is on the floor, per NBA.com. No one player is more important to San Antonio’s title hopes than the 24-year-old small forward.
This isn’t the team’s first injury scare with Leonard. He missed a stretch of games in February as a result of a calf issue.
As was the case that time around, Kyle Anderson will likely replace Leonard in the starting lineup. Anderson doesn’t yet provide much in the way of scoring, but he’s a good passer and capable defender.
As long as Leonard doesn’t miss a lot of time and is fully healthy for the playoffs, this injury shouldn’t become a significant issue for the Spurs.
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Source: Spurs News