The Toronto Raptors will be out on Wednesday against Kawhi Leonard for a sore knee against the Washington Wizards, the team said.
It was unclear when Leonard injured his knee or when it became visible to the Raptors.
Masai Ujiri shook up the Raptors last summer and did it again last week. Now Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol are ready to make a difference for Toronto when it matters.
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet will miss at least three weeks with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb. The team says that VanVleet will be wearing a splint for about three weeks before the injury is reassessed.
Leonard, who had an average of 27 points and 7.7 rebounds, had to rest periodically throughout the season as the Raptors managed his minutes carefully. He missed most of the last season with a quadriceps injury.
The Raptors will also manage without guard Fred VanVleet, who will miss at least three weeks in case of a left thumb injury.
The nets gave the Raptors a difficult time on Monday when Leonard scored a bank win 4.4 seconds from the end. He scored 30 points for the game.
Leonard has kept his standards by his standards, but on Monday he also bested his career with eight assists.
The Raptors (42-16) have won five in a row to claim first place in the Eastern Conference in the Milwaukee Bucks game.
This report uses information from The Associated Press.