TORONTO - If there indeed was a conversation about shutting down Rudy Gay for the season at some point in the past 72 hours, the conversation ended rather quickly once it involved Gay himself.
Gay was in Toronto getting some treatment for a wonky back on Saturday while the team was in New York for the tail end of a back-to-back with the Knicks.
Before the game head coach Dwane Casey suggested there would likely be a conversation about shutting Gay down for the year given the fact that he had missed three games with the finicky injury.
The team had Sunday off following back-to-back games but come Monday morning, Gay was back on the court for practice and while he didnít take part in the full thing, he did participate.
ďRudy went through practice today, what he could,Ē Casey said, ďand his back is loosening up so there is going to be no talk about shutting him down. He will be a day-to-day thing and heís going to see how his back responds to therapy, working hard to keep it loose. He wants to continue to play and we are going to allow him to.Ē
Asked afterwards about the talk of him being shut down for the year, Gay seemed to be suggesting it was all a misunderstanding.