The Raptors have kept Kawhi Leonard on a short leash to start the season, holding him out on back-to-back sets. Leonard missed almost the entire season last year recovering from a lingering quad injury, and the good news is that he doesn’t seem to be bothered by that injury anymore. Unfortunately, Leonard suffered a left foot/ankle injury on Friday when he stepped on Trevor Ariza’s foot.
Aside from Leonard’s quad issues last season, he also has a history of left ankle sprains. Leonard suffered and then aggravated a left ankle sprain during the playoffs in 2017. While Leonard’s current injury seems to be to his left foot and not his ankle, it could still be related.
Not surprisingly, Leonard missed Saturday’s game, though he was able to participate in practice to a limited degree. He should be considered questionable going forward. The Inside Injuries algorithm has calculated a grade 1 foot sprain and a 3 week Optimal Recovery Time (ORT). That means even if Leonard returns to action this week, he won’t be healthy. Leonard has a long and concerning injury history, and given that he has a history of injuries to his left ankle, it’s even more important that he use the full ORT to recover.
Leonard entered the season as a High Injury Risk, but his Peak Health Performance Factor suggested he would still be able to perform well. So far, that’s been the case. Now his Injury Risk has come back to haunt him.