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Spurs’ Rudy Gay available to play vs. Nuggets

According to Michael C. Wright of ESPN, the San Antonio Spurs will finally get back the services of small forward Rudy Gay for Friday night’s road game against the Denver Nuggets.

The 31-year-old forward has been out since late December after an MRI revealed retrocalcaneal bursitis in his right heel, which has held him out of the Spurs’ last 23 games due to his injury.

The Spurs continue to be tormented by injuries throughout the 2017-18 season. Head coach Gregg Popovich has still coached San Antonio to a 35-24 record at the All-Star break, which currently has the Spurs as the No. 3 seed in a competitive Western Conference playoff race.

Last month, General Manager R.C. Buford spoke to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News about what the Spurs were missing with Gay’s absence on the court.

“We need what he can bring from a scoring standpoint offensively,” Buford said of Gay back in January. “There are areas that, when he plays well, we can really take advantage of.”

Unfortunately, the Spurs also got some bad news from coach Popovich today regarding the status of star small forward Kawhi Leonard. According to Wright, coach Pop said that he would be genuinely surprised if Leonard played at all the rest of the season.

“We’ve got to move on,” Popovich said of Leonard’s absence.

In 34 games played this season for San Antonio, Gay is currently averaging 11.5 points on a career-best 47.6 percent shooting from the field, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game in roughly 22.7 minutes of action per contest.