Raptors' Rudy Gay isn't being shut down

Rudy Gay may not play again this year.  (Getty Images)
Rudy Gay won't be shut down. (Getty Images)

The Raptors' season is essentially over, especially when you consider that not only are they far gone from any playoff discussion, but they really don't even have a high lottery pick to tank for.

(The Thunder own Toronto's pick, top-three protected.)

So that's why shutting Rudy Gay down for the rest of the season made sense. Why not? Just let him rest and start getting ready for next season.

But Gay wants to play and if he has any say and gets his way, he'll stay (on the court). Via the Toronto Star:

“The only way I’m going to be shut down is if the doctors tell me I have to stop playing,” Gay said. “I’ve been forced out before and that’s not something I look forward to doing again."

Gay is dealing with a balky back that has caused him some discomfort and pain. The Raptors only have 12 games remaining for the season, but Gay is planning to play through it the final three weeks of the season, while working with Toronto's training staff to rehab it.

“His back is loosening up so there’s going to be no talk about shutting him down; it’s going to be a day-to-day thing and we’ll see how his back responds to therapy,” said head coach Dwane Casey.

Obviously just because Gay is playing doesn't mean he has to get 40 minutes. There's a good chance he could be placed on a minute restriction, or at least just be closely watched night to night.

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