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Raptors might shut Rudy Gay down for the season

Mar 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Toronto Raptors Rudy Gay reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Oakland Reuters

Rudy Gay didn’t make the trip to New York for his team’s game against the Knicks on Saturday, instead staying home to get treatment on a back issue that forced him out of the Raptors’ home loss to the Knicks the night before after just 14 minutes of action.

It was the third time recently that Gay has been sidelined due to the injury, and with the Raptors nine games out of the playoffs with only 12 regular season games remaining, the team may decide to sit him for the remainder of the year.

From ESPN.com:

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.

It would make sense.

Toronto isn’t going anywhere this season, and pushing Gay to play out the schedule’s meaningless games with a chance of making things worse isn’t the way to handle your team’s best offensive player.

Gay is averaging 19.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game with the Raptors, since coming to Toronto in a trade from Memphis earlier this season.

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