Rudy Gay turns back the clock with poster slam on Markieff Morris
The late-career resurgence of Rudy Gay has been one of the top storylines for the San Antonio Spurs this season. Gay has been crucial as the team pushes to make the playoffs in a crowded Western Conference.
He might already be 32, but on Saturday night Rudy Gay showed Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Markieff Morris that he still has it. Via SLAM on Twitter:
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Late in the first quarter, Gay dribbled right past Morris. He went up for the contested slam dunk and drained it right over Morris’s outstretched arm.
After serving as a bench player last season for the Spurs, Gay has bounced back and become a valuable starter. The power forward is averaging 14.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting 51.2 percent.
Gay clearly isn’t the same player he was during his prime with the Memphis Grizzlies, but he remains very productive on the court. According to Spotrac, he is set to hit free agency this offseason.
Entering Saturday, the Spurs were 34-29 and held the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference. However, the Sacramento Kings were only two and a half games back, with the Los Angeles Lakers only a game behind them. Both teams are very much within striking distance of San Antonio.
However, ESPN’s BPI Playoff Odds clearly favor the Spurs. The system gives the team a 92.6-percent chance of making the postseason. The Kings and Lakers are at only 6.6 and 2.9 percent, respectively. With under 20 games remaining in the season, San Antonio’s future is in its own hands.
At halftime, the Spurs led the Thunder, who are third in the West, by a score of 72-63.