An availability update

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According to the Spurs and Jeff McDonald, Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard will miss tonight’s game against the Hornets. Leonard, as you may remember, suffered a weird gash/cut/bruise thing on the hardwood floor in Philadelphia on Monday night. The team is officially calling it a “left patella contusion.” Manu Ginobili is secretly jealous of Kawhi’s diagnosis.

Tim Duncan will sit with what the team says is a “sore left knee,” which explains why he was limping so much in the second half of Monday’s win over the Sixers. It’s a little concerning for Spurs fans that Duncan was limping so bad, so much so that he’s forced to miss a game, even after just sitting out against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

Duncan’s enjoyed a bounce-back year in terms of production and health this season, it would be a shame to see things go back to the way they were the last two or three years. Not that that’s what is going to happen, I’m about as far from a doctor as you can get, but soreness is such a vague thing that it raises concerns.

There is some good news, however, as Manu Ginobili will be in uniform. Ginobili missed the last week and a half with a left hamstring strain that he suffered against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 13. He’s not expected to play his normal rotation, but could see some limited minutes depending on how things turn out.