Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, considered to be the team’s top defender, has been sidelined for an undetermined amount of time after he fractured the fourth metacarpal in his right hand.
The injury occurred during the first half of Wednesday night’s battle to determine who is the best team in the west between the Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the AT&T Center.
Leonard was trying to fight through a screen set by Oklahoma City reserve center Steven Adams in the second quarter when his hand collided with Adams' forearm, but it wasn’t until he stole the ball from Kevin Durant with 3:45 left in the half that he was noticeably wincing in pain.
The normal time frame for recovery is four weeks. That was the timetable given for Danny Green’s return after he suffered a similar injury to his left hand.
Now the Spurs are down three players including Leonard and Green with the hand injuries and Tiago Splitter still recovering from a bruised shoulder.
It appears the Spurs will not be a full strength until after the NBA All-Star break at the earliest.