Rudy Gay’s season may not be over yet.
Head coach Dwane Casey acknowledged over the weekend that shutting down the high-scoring small forward could be discussed if Gay’s jammed back didn’t respond well to therapy. Consider the early response a positive one as Gay participated in Monday’s practice at ACC and any talk of ending his season was off the table.
“Rudy went through practice today, what he could, and the back is loosening up, so there’s going to be no talk of shutting him down and it’s just going to be a day-to-day thing,” Casey said after Monday’s practice at ACC.
The injury has forced Gay to sit out three games since joining the Raptors, including Saturday’s loss to the Knicks in New York after aggravating it in the first half of Friday’s game at ACC. The veteran admitted to feeling a lot better on Monday and intends to play through the injury as long as he can.
“Some people are different, but personally I’m the kind of guy that if there’s basketball being played, I want to be a part of it,” Gay said. “I love the game, I love my job and nothing that is acute is going to keep me out for the season.”
With the search for meaning on in these final 12 games of the season, Casey views the presence of Gay on the floor as vital to establishing some continuity with his fellow starters for next season.
“What I would like to have is for him to be healthy and where we can get a rhythm and a style of play established with he and DeMar and he and Kyle and that group… a style of play offensively and that defensive cohesiveness that we’ve got to get because we’re all over the board defensively right now and putting people in different spots. That would be the only thing I would like to have is some continuity going into the end of the year. That way we kind of know what we have coming into next year.”
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