Spurs forward Rudy Gay downplays heel injury
San Antonio Spurs small forward Rudy Gay downplays his heel injury and says that missing the team’s last preseason game is just a precautionary act. This development could alleviate concerns that Gay will miss the season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News tweeted out Gay’s statement regarding the inflamed bursa he sustained in his heel.
FWIW, Rudy Gay didn't seem all that concerned about his sore heel. "It's good," he said after tonight's DNP. "That's just coach being cautious."
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) October 13, 2018
If Gay’s absence from last night’s game is indeed just an act of caution from head coach Gregg Popovich, it would be a welcome sight for a Spurs team that is already hounded with injuries days before the regular season starts.
The Spurs lost starting point guard Dejounte Murray due to a torn ACL a few days ago. Shortly after, the team would also lose backup playmaker Derrick White to a heel injury. Prized rookie shooting guard Lonnie Walker IV also underwent surgery this offseason.
The 32-year-old Gay is one of the more versatile forwards today. But multiple injuries to his Achilles robbed him of his explosiveness in the past couple of years. Coming to a Spurs organization known for extending careers for veterans was probably one of the best decisions Gay made.
In a past interview with Hoops Hype’s Alex Kennedy, the 6-foot-8 forward reiterated how the Spurs stand out among other teams.
“It’s like no other organization in the league. They are definitely family-oriented – there’s a family atmosphere and family is everything. On the court, it’s very different. It’s the epitome of team basketball. Everyone is playing for each other, and it’s always been that way.”
With their top playmakers going down due to injuries coming into the regular season, expect Gay to take on more of a facilitating role for the Spurs.