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San Antonio Spurs: Rudy Gay to miss two weeks with heel injury

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 18: Rudy Gay #22 of the San Antonio Spurs smiles during the game against the LA Clippers on December 18, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 18: Rudy Gay #22 of the San Antonio Spurs smiles during the game against the LA Clippers on December 18, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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The San Antonio Spurs officially announced Rudy Gay’s injury status. How long will he be out?

During Thursday night’s game vs. the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay suffered a right heel injury. He limped off the court, headed toward the locker room and never returned. An MRI was set to follow on Friday, Dec, 29.

Well, the Spurs made the official announcement. After the MRI, it was determined that Gay suffered a right retrocalcaneal bursitis. He will rest, rehab and be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Technically, that means Gay won’t play for the rest of 2017. He will be back in 2018. How well these two weeks go remains to be seen.

Rudy Gay Injury Update: pic.twitter.com/dZnCr9zuvy

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 29, 2017

In the meantime, look for Kyle Anderson to recover part of Gay’s minutes. He regressed to a bench role, with Kawhi Leonard healthy (along with the occasion “return from injury management” start) and starting to play more. The sixth man role will be there, however, so it’s possible Anderson gets around 20-25 minutes per game.

Will that mean head coach Gregg Popovich pushes more time on Leonard, too? Since returning, he hasn’t played more than 26 minutes. That could increase on Saturday night, vs. the Detroit Pistons.

Gay’s scoring presence will be missed, though, as it takes away a stretch four option for the Silver and Black. So, look for more standard power forward and center lineups, meaning LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol play together, with Joffrey Lauvergne sprinkled in.

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