Kawhi Leonard is the latest name to be added to the long list of NBA players out with injuries.
The San Antonio Spurs forward suffered a fractured fourth metacarpal in his right hand after getting his fingers stuck on Steven Adams' bicep while trying to run past the Oklahoma City Thunder big man in the Spurs' 111-105 loss last night.
Leonard is set to miss between three to four weeks with the injury, and represents another significant blow to an already depleted Spurs' roster that is missing starters Tiago Splitter and Danny Green. Tony Parker is playing with a bruised shin that is limiting his movement, while Matt Bonner is being forced to wear a mask after breaking his nose on Friday.
"It's tough, we're dropping like flies right now,'' said Spurs center Tim Duncan said. "Losing Kawhi was huge, especially in a game like tonight.''
Parker chimed in saying: "(Losing Leonard) is a big loss for us. We are already down Tiago and Danny, but everyone goes through injuries and we have to deal with it. Other guys are going to have to step up, but we just have to keep playing.''
The Spurs sit atop the Western Conference with a 32-9 record, but the sheer pile-up of injuries must surely mean they are about to hit a dip in form.