The San Antonio Spurs faced off against the Orlando Magic for their final home preseason game. Newcomer Rudy Gay had another solid performance. This time, it was coming off the bench.
The San Antonio Spurs wrapped up preseason play at home last night, losing to the Magic 103-98. LaMarcus Aldridge once again led the team in scoring with 16 points, while Dejounte Murray added 15. The Spurs’ biggest contributor off the bench was newcomer Rudy Gay.
Gay played 20 minutes and scored 13 points. He shot 50 percent from the floor, had 4 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds. He also stole the ball once and made a three-pointer. Not bad for a player coming off of a serious injury.
When the Spurs signed Gay this offseason, some were skeptical about his health going into this year. He completely tore his Achilles tendon in January while playing for the Sacramento Kings last year and missed the majority of the season. Now Gay has a chance to have a comeback year.
Gay sat out the team’s first preseason game against Sacramento, but made his first appearance for the silver and black against the same Kings a few days later. Gay has not been the biggest standout from the Spurs preseason, but seeing him play good minutes and getting used to his new team has to be encouraging for the organization.
So far this preseason Gay is averaging 7.5 points per game, shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. He is also averaging 3 rebounds a game and 1 assist per game.
With the loss of Jonathon Simmons, who faced his old team for the first time last night, the Spurs will be looking for Gay to be their backup swingman coming off the bench for Kawhi Leonard.
The Spurs will wrap up the preseason against James Harden, Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets this Friday, Oct. 13 at the Toyota Center. This game will be nationally televised on TNT.