NBA notebook: Spurs' Leonard won't return Thursday


Kawhi Leonard won't be making his long-awaited return on Thursday as the San Antonio Spurs had hoped.

Leonard and the Spurs had reportedly circled Thursday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans as the return date from his quad injury, but multiple reports on Tuesday indicated those plans were being scrapped.

The two-time All-Star forward has played in only nine games this season because of the injury, and he has missed the Spurs' last 23 games since his last appearance on Jan. 13 in a 112-80 rout of Denver in which he had 19 points and eight rebounds.

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Monday that he would discuss the situation with Leonard on Tuesday and did not put any timetable on his return.

--Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair adductor and rectus abdominus muscles, the team announced.

The recovery timeline will keep Bradley out for the remainder of the regular season, though he potentially could return if the Clippers make the postseason. Los Angeles enters play Tuesday at 36-29, good for the seventh seed in the Western Conference. The Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs are all right behind at 37-30.

Bradley, 27, joined the Clippers in January as part of the Blake Griffin trade with the Detroit Pistons. He's averaged 9.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in six games with Los Angeles and hasn't played since Feb. 14 due to a sports hernia.

--Orlando Magic leading scorer Aaron Gordon will miss his third consecutive game after failing to pass the NBA's concussion protocol.

The 22-year-old power forward won't be suited up against the Spurs after an independent NBA-appointed physician didn't clear him Tuesday morning.

Gordon, who averages 18.3 points, suffered his second concussion of the season in last Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. He finished that contest but began experiencing concussion-like symptoms later that night. He was placed in the protocol on Thursday and missed the next two games.

--Field Level Media

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