Rudy Gay didn’t make the trip to New York for his team’s game against the Knicks on Saturday, instead staying home to get treatment on a back issue that forced him out of the Raptors’ home loss to the Knicks the night before after just 14 minutes of action.
It was the third time recently that Gay has been sidelined due to the injury, and with the Raptors nine games out of the playoffs with only 12 regular season games remaining, the team may decide to sit him for the remainder of the year.
Dwane Casey said he assumes the organization will discuss shutting the team’s leading scorer down.
Gay was getting therapy Saturday, and Casey said any decision could be based on how he responds to that.
“I would say that it’s something that will be talked about sooner rather than later,” Casey said.
It would make sense.
Toronto isn’t going anywhere this season, and pushing Gay to play out the schedule’s meaningless games with a chance of making things worse isn’t the way to handle your team’s best offensive player.
Gay is averaging 19.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game with the Raptors, since coming to Toronto in a trade from Memphis earlier this season.
Kevin Durant was doing it all in the first half — he had 18 points to lead the Warriors (tied with Stephen Curry) and was making plays all over the court.
That includes racing back on this play and blocking Dejounte Murray‘s layup. Twice. On one shot.
The Warriors have led by 20 and been in control through the start of the third quarter. KD was at the heart of that.
That was a foul. Jonathan Simmons caught Draymond Green in the face as he reached in.
But the delayed then overly-dramatic reaction by Green is a classic flop.
We’ll see if the NBA fined Green for this, but Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich was amused.
Take that Stephen Curry.
Gregg Popovich would pull him so fast he’d look like a fidget spinner if he tried this in a game, but during warmups before Game 4 Monday night LaMarcus Aldridge knocked down a deep three from one knee.
If Aldridge is taking a lot of threes that’s not a good sign for the Spurs, but we’ll see if he can have a big night and keep the Spurs alive in this series.
Stephen Curry‘s pregame warmups draw people into the arena early, it’s a show in and of itself.
Before Game 4 Monday night, Curry was taking a couple shots from the center-court logo. And draining them. Like layups. Because he can.
We’ll see if he can put on that kind of show when the game tips off.