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Gregg Popovich Shares Bad News About Kawhi Leonard's Status

A picture of Kawhi Leonard from behind.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The San Antonio Spurs have been without Kawhi Leonard for basically all of the 2017-18 season. It doesn't look like that's going to change.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich updated Leonard's status this evening. It's not good news.

Popovich said he expects the superstar forward to miss the entire 2017-18 season. He's not expected to return to the floor.

San Antonio's head coach said he would be "surprised" if Leonard is back this season. The team needs to just "move on."

Leonard was not seen at practice today after the All-Star Break ended.

Leonard's injury is quad-related. It's been described as a "mystery" by some.

The superstar forward was initially expected to just miss the preseason. However, he was held out several games into the season, eventually returned for a short amount of time, and has been out ever since.

The former NBA Finals MVP has played in just nine games. The Spurs have fared OK without him.

San Antonio is 35-24 and in third place in the Western Conference. However, it's doubtful they'll be capable of making any kind of run in the playoffs without their best player.