The San Antonio Spurs are set to lose Kawhi Leonard to a season-ending injury, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Leonard has been sidelined with a sprained left ankle and will be out at least two months, the Express-Info reports.
Leonard is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday, and the Spurs may need to change the starting lineup.
They have played the Spurs twice this season, losing in San Antonio in the first round and in Oklahoma City in the second round.
“We’re a little disappointed, obviously, but we understand,” coach Gregg Popovich said.
“He’s going to miss some time.”
Leonard has made just nine starts this season with his injury.
He missed four games because of a hamstring injury.
Leonard had a season high 23 points in the Spurs’ 105-103 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.
“It’s unfortunate that we’ve got to put him out there,” Popovich told the Express.
“But he’s got to be prepared.
I’ve been telling him, `Listen, you’ve got a lot of games ahead of you.
I know you’re not going to be there all the time.
You’ve got two weeks to go.’
But I just want to make sure that we can go out there and get better every night.”
Kawhi is averaging 13.6 points and 5.8 rebounds.
He has averaged 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds over the past five games.