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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich claims Rudy Gay (hamstring), DeMar DeRozan (chest) are fine

Rudy Gay, Gregg Popovich, DeMar DeRozan, Spurs

Neither Rudy Gay nor DeMar DeRozan are playing for the San Antonio Spurs against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, but head coach Gregg Popovich says both forwards are fine.

Gay has been dealing with a hamstring issue, while DeRozan is out after bruising his chest versus the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Spurs open the season on Oct. 23 against the New York Knicks at home. Popovich will update the status of Gay and DeRozan accordingly.

In his first season with the Spurs, DeRozan averaged 21.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.2 assists. The All-Star shot 48.1 percent from the field, just 15.6 percent from beyond the arc and 83.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The Spurs expect DeRozan’s second year in their system to be even better. Nothing is set in stone, but San Antonio will likely start Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, DeRozan, Gay and LaMarcus Aldridge this season. On paper, that’s a pretty good starting five.

Gay, who re-signed with the Spurs this summer, played in 69 games during the 2018-19 regular season and averaged 13.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He shot 50.4 percent from the floor, 40.2 percent from the 3-point line the arc and 81.6 percent from the charity stripe.

The Spurs lost to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2019 playoffs in seven games. San Antonio will be eager to redeem themselves this season.