Finally, the wait is over.
According to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, “Kawhi is back.” So, that’s something.
Leonard, of course, is yet to play this season. The Spurs, however, have been able to handle themselves pretty well. In his absence, they are 19-8—13-2 at home. They are maintaining the same pace as the Cavaliers out east, and are winners of eight of their last 10.
As it stands, they are just 2.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors and three behind the Houston Rockets. And while Leonard will most certainly be on a minutes restriction this evening, his return can only help.
Without Kawhi, the Spurs were expected to falter. How dare we doubt Gregg Popovich, right? How much longer they can keep this up remains to be seen. But at this point, there is no reason to doubt the Spurs aren’t a top-four side out west.
Turns out, some things never change. Death, taxes and Pop doing more with less. These are life’s lessons. Are we paying attention? Tonight, Leonard will debut against the Dallas Mavericks (7-20). Only the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls (6-20) are worse.
So, what are you expecting from Kawhi’s return? Is there enough time for him to become a viable MVP candidate?