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NBA notebook: Spurs forward Leonard to miss 3-4 weeks with broken hand

Associated Press

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will miss 3-4 weeks with a broken bone in his right hand.

The team said Leonard underwent a CAT scan Thursday and the results confirmed a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal. The 6-foot-7 Leonard is one of the team’s top defensive players. He was injured Wednesday night in the first half against Oklahoma City.

Leonard joins starting center Tiago Splitter (sprained right shoulder) and former starter Danny Green (broken left index finger) on the injured list.

To help fill the void, the Spurs signed guard Othyus Jeffers to a 10-day contract.

Jeffers was with the team for Friday night’s game at the Atlanta Hawks.

Jeffers averaged 22.8 points and 11.4 rebounds in 22 games with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League this season. Jeffers ranked second in the league with 2.5 steals per game.

Jeffers has played in 31 NBA games in his career, including one game with the Spurs in the 2010-11 season. He also has played with Utah (2009-10) and Washington (2010-11).

DURANT MISSES GAME — Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks says Thunder forward Kevin Durant sat out Friday night’s game against Boston because of a shoulder injury.

Durant is the NBA’s leading scorer, averaging 31 points per game. He has scored at least 30 points in nine consecutive games.

The Thunder are already without guard Russell Westbrook, who has been out since Christmas with a torn meniscus in his right knee.

TEAGUE INJURES ANKLEJeff Teague left the Atlanta Hawks’ game against San Antonio on Friday night with a left ankle sprain. Teague, who hurt his ankle when he came down on Tim Duncan’s foot, limped off the court late in the second quarter.

There was no immediate update from the Hawks on the severity of the injury.


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