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.
This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.
The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.
With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.
Emphasis on “almost.”
The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.
The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.
After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.
The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.
Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.
The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.