San Antonio Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard has a torn ligament in his shooting hand and his return to the defending NBA champions remains unknown.

Several media outlets have reported the NBA Finals MVP must wait until the swelling in his right hand goes down before team officials can even began to access when he might be able to return.

At 17-9, currently the Spurs stand as the No. 7 seed in the deep Western Conference, prompting the Spurs to hope the versatile Leonard can soon return to action.

Still, Leonard remains upbeat, telling reporters of the torn ligaments in his right hand that will sideline him indefinitely “not as bad as it sounds. I should be back soon.”

With the team set to embark on a stretch on a stretch of seven games in 12 days after hosting the Portland Trailblazers on Friday, the Spurs certainly hope so.

The 23-year-old Leonard has averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists for San Antonio this season. Now in his fifth season, he has raised his scoring an average by nearly an average of three points in each of his seasons.

Against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat during the 2014 NBA Finals, Leonard averaged 17.8 points on 61 percent shooting. In becoming the third youngest player in history to bag NBA Finals MVP honors, Leonard was also largely credited with slowing down James as the Spurs ran away with a 4-1series victory.

Before suffering torn ligaments in his right hand, Leonard ranked second on the Spurs in both scoring (15.2) and rebounds (7.6). His best game this season came against Philadelphia in early December when he finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

The former San Diego State has a chance to become a free agent at the end of the season, but has already expressed his preference for remaining in San Antonio.

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