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Spurs Kawhi Leonard says nail on floor cut his knee open

Kawhi Leonard Gregg Popovich

San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard (2) walks off the court with coach Gregg Popovich after being injured while playing against the Philadelphia 76ers in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 in Philadelphia. The Spurs won 90-85. (AP Photo H. Rumph Jr)


With 1:31 left in the Spurs win in Philadelphia Sunday, Kawhi Leonard had to leave the game after going to the floor and coming up with something wrong with his knee that was of concern.

What is more interesting is his explanation, via the San Antonio Express News Spurs blog.

“I just hit the hardwood on one of those nails, really hard,” said Leonard, who made two of the biggest plays of the period for the Spurs. “It busted my knee wide open.

“It kind of felt funny when I tried to explode up the court when we got the ball and I tried to cut to the basket, so I had to come out and see what was wrong before I injured it worse.”

NBA courts are not held together by nails pretty much for this reason, so if there was a nail how did it get there? Leonard’s knee no doubt hit something, what exactly remains unclear.

He is not expected to miss any time, but it is an odd injury.