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Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard cleared by doctors, will play Friday vs. Suns

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard


The San Antonio Spurs just got better.

The rest of the league is shaking its head, but the Spurs — who opened the season with a dramatic win over the Mavericks at home — are now getting their best perimeter defender, the Finals MVP, back in the rotation.

Kawhi Leonard has been cleared by doctors and will suit up for the Spurs Friday night in Phoenix, something first said by coach Gregg Popovich to reporters after practice Thursday and later confirmed by the team itself.

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Leonard had an eye infection that caused him to miss five of the Spurs preseason games as well as the opener against the Mavs.

Leonard is exactly what you want in a wing player in today’s NBA. At age 23. He is a very good defender, both on ball and in the team system, he’s long and athletic, and he can shoot the three (especially from the corner). He’s an efficient offensive player.

And he wants a max contract extension that the Spurs have yet to offer him. But that’s another issue.