First and foremost Rudy Gay’s injury last night was to Gay’s right leg, and not the left Achilles that he’s been rehabilitating. Here’s the play it happened on.
Here's the play that sent Rudy to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/cjd0hL29xi— J.R. Wilco (@jollyrogerwilco) December 29, 2017
And here’s what the Spurs had to say after Gay’s MRI.
SPURS INJURY UPDATE – 12/29/17— J.R. Wilco (@jollyrogerwilco) December 29, 2017
Spurs forward Rudy Gay underwent an MRI examination this morning in San Antonio. The exam revealed that Gay has right retrocalcaneal bursitis. He has started a rest and rehabilitation program and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
No injury should be considered a blessing, but under the circumstances, Gay’s retrocalcaneal bursitis could be a minor setback in an otherwise terrific comeback year.
Retrocalcaneal bursitis is irritation of the posterior heel or ankle. Where muscles insert into tendons, bursa sacs provide cushion between tendons and bones. So as he repeatedly jumped in the above play, he sustained some trauma to at least one bursa sac in that area.
His current stats of 11.5 points per game, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists while coming off the bench have been considered miraculous, and his name his been thrown into conversations for 6th Man of The Year. Gay has been an excellent fit for the Spurs “over themselves” style of play, which means we will be hoping for his quick recovery.