JUST IN: Kawhi Leonard not expected to play Thursday against Pelicans despite reports

Leonard has missed 58 total games this season

By RJ Marquez - Digital Content Curator

SAN ANTONIO - UPDATE: Multiple reports now say Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard will remain out through Thursday's game against the Pelicans.

ABC and ESPN reported on Saturday that Leonard was targeting a return for Thursday, but his return has been further delayed, according to Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania and ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Head coach Gregg Popovich said on Monday he was expected to meet with the all-star forward on Tuesday to determine if Leonard is ready to play. It appears as if Leonard is not.

Shelburne reported, via sources, that Leonard is feeling much better, but still not quite ready to return.

There's still optimism he can return before the end the season.

Leonard’s return can not come soon enough for San Antonio, who have slipped in the Western Conference standings and are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

Leonard has missed 58 games this season with right quadriceps tendinopathy. 

The Spurs begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday against Orlando.

They are currently 37-30 and in a three-way tie for eighth place in the Western Conference.

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