Kawhi Leonard to miss Spurs-Warriors showdown with concussion

When the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs square off Saturday in Texas, one of the best players in the game will be sitting on the sidelines.

The Spurs announced Friday that MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard has entered the NBA’s Concussion Protocol and will not play. Leonard was injured when he was hit in the head in Thursday’s Spurs-Thunder game.

Leonard is averaging 26.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game with the Spurs, who trail the Warriors by two games for the top seed in the West.

Another slow tempo player whose counting stats are hurt by pace, Iwundu did everything he could to help himself in Kansas State’s two games.

Against Wake Forest, he was the driving force on both ends behind a terrific performance. On offense, his ability to slash and create for others was extremely important to Kansas State. Defensively, his ability to cover up for his teammates in help was crucial in slowing down Wake Forest’s attack, particularly against Keyshawn Woods.

Iwundu’s swing skill as an NBA player is going to be the jump shot. With some mechanical changes this year, Iwundu nearly doubled the amount of 3s he hit over the course of his first three years combined. However, the jury is still out on how effective it will be moving out to NBA 3-point range.

He affects the game in so many other ways, plus has elite size and good athleticism at his position, so he could end up making a roster without the jumper. But with it, he can become a legitimate rotation player in the league. Good stuff from him in front of scouts this week.saints_001-223x223

Warriors sign Nick Young, per report

Nick “Swaggy P” Young is headed to San Francisco.

The former Los Angeles Lakers guard has signed with the Golden State Warriors according to ESPN.

Free agent guard Nick Young has agreed to a one-year, $5.2M deal with the Golden State Warriors, agent Mark Bartelstein tells ESPN.

Young averaged 13.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game last season for the Lakers and joins the likes of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, who all re-signed with the Warriors this offseason.

Golden State continues to try to lock up free agent center JaVale McGee but they may not have the money to do so. He reportedly set up a meeting with the Clippers Wednesday.

The Bengals’ bill was going to come due eventually, and it arrived last season: Things were already falling apart before A.J. Green’s injury. The implosion from years of risky signings didn’t deter Brown and Marvin Lewis from grabbing Joe Mixon in the draft, though. They need to get back into contention fast (which is a tall order in the AFC North) to justify continuing on this path.

Another impressive debut from a rookie general manager; the Lions were on track to win the NFC North before Matthew Stafford hurt his thumb late in the season. The fact that Quinn is still working with a coach he did not hire, Jim Caldwell, and who has not given him a reason to make a change, is worth watching this season, too. Meanwhile, Stafford is surely aware of Derek Carr’s new contract, so that’s something else on Quinn’s plate.browns_013