Rudy Gay Injury: Updates on Raptors Star's Back

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 2, 2013

Rudy Gay has been in and out of the lineup due to a back injury, but is making progress.


UPDATE: Sunday, Mar. 24, at 12:41 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Toronto Raptors could shut down Rudy Gay due to the star's lingering back injury, according to's Staff.

Rudy Gay on Saturday missed his third game this month with back problems, and Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey said he assumes the organization will discuss shutting the team's leading scorer down.

Gay was getting therapy Saturday, and Casey said any decision could be based on how he responds to that.

'I would say that it's something that will be talked about sooner rather than later,' Casey said.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Mar. 23 at 12:26 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

As expected, Gay will not be in the lineup for Saturday's game in New York. According to the Raptors media relations official twitter, Gay will not travel with the team this weekend.



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UPDATE: Friday, Mar. 22 at 8:55 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Newsday reporter Al Iannazzone, Gay will not return to Friday night's action vs. the Knicks:


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UPDATE: Friday, Mar. 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to the Raptors' official Twitter feed, Gay left Friday night's game vs. the Knicks after aggravating his back and is questionable to return:


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UPDATE: Wednesday, Mar. 12, at 11:38 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

After missing the team's victory on Sunday, Rudy Gay (back) is expected to return to the Raptors lineup tonight, according to Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.

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UPDATE: Monday, Mar. 4, at 3:44 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Raptors fans as Rudy Gay (back) will return to action tonight, the team announced this afternoon.

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The Toronto Raptors will be without star Rudy Gay on Saturday night when the team visits the Milwaukee Bucks. Per the Raptors Twitter feed, Gay is suffering from back spasms, and Landry Fields will replace him in the starting lineup.

Gay has been all-world for the Raptors since coming over from the Memphis Grizzlies in a trade on Jan. 31. He is averaging 22 points per game since the trade, and he's scored in double figures in all but one game with the team.

He has taken over as the team's go-to man down the stretch. He's nailed game-winners against the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets in just over a month of action with his new team.

Toronto is 6.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. While their chances are slim to close the gap and reach the postseason, the task is even less likely to occur without Gay in the lineup for an extended period.

Gay and DeMar DeRozan have teamed for a high-flying and exciting set of wing players, but half of the new Air Canada duo will be grounded for now.

Saturday night's game is as big as a regular-season game can get for the Raptors. The Bucks are the team currently occupying the eighth—and final—playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

If the Raptors have any designs on catching them, they need to take advantage of these head-to-head meetings. 

The team can only hope this only requires a day of rest and not a prolonged absence.


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