Spurs opt to rest Leonard against Knicks

SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 26:   Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets on December 26, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard was a late scratch from the San Antonio Spurs’ lineup against the New York Knicks as his playing time remains limited following his return from a quad injury.

Thursday night’s game was the fourth time Leonard has sat out for what the Spurs listed as ”return from injury management.”

Leonard has played in five games this season after missing the first 27 with right quadriceps tendinopathy, which causes pain in the tendon. The 6-foot-7 forward attributed the injury to ”wear and tear” and said it started bothering him in the offseason.

Leonard had been listed as probable on Thursday. The All-Star set season highs in points (21) and minutes (26) in San Antonio’s win over Brooklyn two nights earlier.