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Gregg Popovich says Kawhi Leonard's quad injury is 'nothing serious'

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Kawhi Leonard sat out the San Antonio Spurs' win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night as he recovers from a quad injury picked up in the victory over the Miami Heat in the early hours of Thursday. 

The Spurs equalled the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' record of consecutive home wins to start a regular season as they moved to 37-0 and, following the win, Gregg Popovich spoke about Leonard's issue.

Coach Pop insisted the problem was 'nothing serious' but refused to put on a timeframe on a return to action for the 24-year-old.

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As per ESPN, the 67-year-old said: "It's nothing. No injury, just a bruise. But it's really tight."

When questioned on whether Leonard will return for the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday or the clash with the Grizzlies in Memphis on Monday, he merely said: "We'll see."

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Leonard has been a vital cog in the San Antonio machine this season and has established himself as one of the premium two-way threats in the league. 

He is averaging a career-high 21 points per game, shooting 50.9 percent, and his lockdown defence has been his biggest strength since joining the Western Conference franchise in 2011.

If the Spurs are to add a sixth championship to their collection, Leonard will play a huge role come playoff time. 

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