Pop: Kawhi Leonard will play against Mavs tonight

Leonard has missed a total of 35 games due to separate injuries

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday that Kawhi Leonard will play against the Dallas Mavericks.

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For the first time this year, the San Antonio Spurs have listed Kawhi Leonard as probable for Tuesday's game in Dallas against the Mavericks.

Leonard has missed a total of 35 games dating back to the 2016-17 NBA postseason. 

Center Pau Gasol gave little information on Leonard’s status during Monday's practice but did offer one golden nugget to the mystery of whether the Spurs superstar will make his season debut on Tuesday.

“I guess we’ll find out tomorrow. He’s traveling with the team and let's see if they make the call to clear him and play tomorrow,” Gasol said. “If it happens tomorrow, then great. If it happens the next game, then great; we’re just going to be excited to have him back and see how he feels."

The Spurs also listed shooting guard Danny Green as probable for Tuesday's game after missing Saturday's game in Phoenix for tightness in his left groin. 

On Dec. 1, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Leonard had participated in two practice sessions of 5-on-5, according to a now-deleted tweet sent by Spurs play-by-play announcer Bill Schoening.

Pop today on Leonard's status, "He's had 2 sessions of 5 on 5. but we'll err on the cautious side- he's too valuable to bring back early." — Bill Schoening (@SpursRadio) December 1, 2017

Seven days later, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that league sources had told him Leonard was “targeting his return on Tuesday against Dallas.” 

Leonard has not suited up for the Spurs since Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Western Conference Finals, when he re-injured his left ankle on a controversial closeout play by Warriors center Zaza Pachulia. 

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However, the injury that has affected Leonard and has prevented him from playing this season was due to a “right quadriceps tendinopathy” issue. 

KSAT-12 has a crew in Dallas and will be live from the American Airlines Center beginning at 5 p.m., with tip-off against the Mavericks at 7:30 p.m. 

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