WASHINGTON, April 15 (Xinhua) -- The San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard is not expected to return to the team for the playoffs, local media reported on Sunday.
The Spurs were routed in Game 1 of the first round series against the Golden State Warriors 113-92 on Saturday.
Leonard has missed all but nine games this season while nursing his longtime injuries. He returned to the team's lineup briefly but has not played since complaining of soreness in his injured thigh following the Spurs' home win over Denver in regular season on Janauary 13.
Leonard opted to go to New York this week to work with his own team of doctors for the second time this season after first working with them prior to the all-Star break in February.