It’s one of those old sports adages that seem to be uttered more often because they exist than because they are true:
The only ones who can beat us are ourselves.
Only for the reigning NBA Finals MVP, when it comes to his bothersome fight eye, those words couldn’t be truer.
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Kawhi Leonard missed the Spurs’ season opener after coming down with conjunctivitis (pink eye) in the preseason. In the four games since his return, Leonard is averaging 9.5 points (three points fewer than last season) on a dreadful and career-worst 30.8-percent shooting from the floor.
Despite Leonard’s return to action, those two facts are most certainly related.
"My right eye, the vision’s not all the way back yet," Leonard told the San Antonio Express-News. "Hopefully I can heal up soon. I’ve just got to keep competing so I can get used to it and get my rhythm going."
Leonard made those remarks after the Spurs’ latest game, a 100-99 loss at home Saturday to New Orleans during which Leonard missed two shots that could have given the Spurs the lead in the closing seconds, including the would-be winner at the buzzer.