The San Antonio Spurs are performing well this season, and the squad is one of the best in the Western Conference with its 8-5 record. Sadly, the injury bug is their most significant dilemma so far. Franchise stars Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker are just two of the guys the Spurs are missing due to health issues. Unfortunately, the list could get longer with another valuable player nursing an injury.

San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay is dealing with back soreness. In a report by the San Antonio Express-News, Gay admitted that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is worried about his condition.

If the injury worsens, it is possible that he would be on the sideline as well. However, the veteran wingman stated that he does not need to rest, which is excellent news for the Spurs and their fans. With health setbacks piling up, the 31-year-old is among the players stepping up for the powerhouse team. In 13 games coming off the bench, he averaged 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per contest.

Kawhi Leonard update

Nearly a week ago, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gave an update on Kawhi Leonard. According to Popovich, Leonard is recovering slower than they projected. The face of the franchise for the Spurs is healing from a right quadriceps tendinopathy.

Leonard has been out for the Spurs since last season's Western Conference Finals versus the Golden State Warriors.

He injured his ankle in Game 1 of that series and never saw action again. During the offseason, Leonard was unable to join the Spurs in any of its practices. Until now, the 26-year-old remains limited when it comes to basketball activities.

Once the Kawhi Leonard comeback materializes, it is expected for the Spurs to be a much formidable unit.

In the 2016-17 season, Leonard averaged 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per outing.

On the road

Life without Kawhi Leonard goes on for the San Antonio Spurs, who have an upcoming two-game Western Conference road trip on their schedule. On November 14, the Spurs are going to visit their fellow Texas team, the Dallas Mavericks, at the American Airlines Center.

The Mavs hold the worst record in the league at 2-12. On November 15, the Spurs will head to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves are parading a new lineup led by All-Star Jimmy Butler, together with young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.