Kawhi Leonard Blames Vision Problems For Slow Start

Kawhi Leonard is hoping to build on his Finals MVP performance this season, but that hasn't been the case through the first five games

He's averaging just 9.5 ppg on 30% shooting while the Spurs have limped to a 2-3 record, and Leonard blames his struggles on lingering effects from an eye infection that forced him to miss most of the preseason.

According to Jeff McDonald of MySanAntonio.com:

Leonard said after Saturday’s loss to New Orleans that his right eye remains blurry after a preseason bout with conjunctivitis.

“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.” …

Asked if he believed he could play through his eye condition, Leonard said: “I have to. 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.”

San Antonio's next game is Monday night against the Clippers in Los Angeles at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBATV.

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