The San Antonio Spurs have struggled mightily in the past couple of weeks. Hopefully a rested Rudy Gay will help them turn things around in Los Angeles.
The San Antonio Spurs were left a little thin at the wing position this season after sending Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a protected first round pick in a blockbuster deal this offseason.
The depth chart became even thinner at that position after Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker, and Derrick White all went down with preseason injuries.
While two of those players are considered point guards, they all had the size and length to defend opposing wings if necessary.
The Spurs’ injury problems at the wing position have become more pronounced as Rudy Gay continues to nurse a sore heel that has bothered him for a while.
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Gay suffered a season-ending Achilles injury two years ago, and the Spurs monitored his minutes very closely last season as his heel was still not 100 percent healthy.
With the Spurs’ lack of depth on the wing, they were forced to rely heavily on Gay to begin this season and that has resulted in another heel injury that has caused him to miss some time.
Gay returned to the floor and played well with 14 points and 9 rebounds while shooting 50% from the floor in 20 minutes against the Kings on Monday.
San Antonio decided to rest him in Phoenix on Thursday in the first night of a back-to-back, and the Spurs got thoroughly beaten by a Suns team that they had defeated by 30 points earlier this season.
Gay will be back for a crucial matchup against the Clippers in L.A. as the Spurs try to snap out of a recent funk where they’ve lost four of their past five games.
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Hopefully an extra day of rest will have Rudy ready to help San Antonio pick up a win against a solid Clippers squad on Thursday night.