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Gregg Popovich expects Rudy Gay to play in Spurs’ back-to-back vs. Knicks, Blazers

Gregg Popovich, Rudy Gay, Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are expected to welcome back a key piece of the puzzle in Rudy Gay in the very near future, according to head coach Gregg Popovich.

The Spurs veteran will apparently return into the fold ahead of the team’s upcoming back-to-back against the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers this weekend.

Gay suffered from flu and has not suited up for the Spurs for over a week now. Popovich claimed that the 32-year-old forward is already healthy enough to play against the Dallas Mavericks, but the team opted against it to give him more rest.

Rudy Gay missed only one game despite his long absence, thanks to a relatively light schedule. The only match he wasn’t able to play in because of the flu was against the Milwaukee Bucks, though the Spurs won without him 121-114.

Gay’s return this weekend should be a huge boost to the Spurs who are fighting for the playoffs in the Western Conference. San Antonio is currently seventh in the West with a 38-29 record, only 1.5 games ahead of the eight-placed Utah Jazz.

Gay is averaging 14.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game this season. He is also shooting 51.2 percent from the field, 41.4 percent from deep and 84.4 percent from the charity stripe.