Kawhi Leonard has shot 7 for 26 in his first three games and started 2-for-8 against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
Leonard ended up 5 for 13 with 14 points and 14 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, but missed two shots on the Spurs’ final possession that could have given them the game. Leonard said his right eye remains blurry after a preseason bout with conjunctivitis, which doctors have told him will simply correct itself and that there is nothing they can do.
“My right eye, the vision’s not all the way back yet,” Leonard said. “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 admitted he could deal with the issue for a while, even late into the season.
“I have to," Leonard said when asked if he believed he could play through his eye condition. "That’s what I’m doing now. I can’t wait and sit on the sidelines anymore just wasting games. It might not ever clear up until summer, so I’m playing now.”