Leonard suffered a bruised right quadriceps in the third quarter of Wednesday's 112-88 win over the Miami Heat and was held out for Friday's 110-104 win against the Memphis Grizzlies at the AT&T Center as the Spurs broke a tie with the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for the second-longest regular-season home win streak. Leonard also won't play Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In addition, the Spurs rested Danny Green, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills on Friday and will rest Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili for their next two games. LaMarcus Aldridge will also be out to rest Saturday. Popovich routinely rests his veterans to keep them healthy for the postseason.
Leonard's quadriceps bruise isn't considered serious, and Popovich has said on numerous occasions that he likes to err on the side of caution when dealing with injuries.
"It's nothing," Popovich said. "No injury, just a bruise. But it's really tight."
Popovich declined to say whether Leonard would travel with the team for its next two road outings: Saturday at Oklahoma City and Monday at Memphis.
"We'll see," Popovich said.
Leonard appeared to originally suffer the quadriceps injury just before halftime against the Heat, when he took a knee to that area in a collision with Amar'e Stoudemire. Leonard returned in the third quarter and was shaken up again on a driving layup when he was fouled by Justise Winslow.
Leonard remained in the game to knock down the ensuing free throw to complete the three-point play before heading to the locker room for treatment. He finished with 32 points, which tied his career high for scoring.
San Antonio now has captured 46 consecutive regular-season victories at home.