Spurs' Popovich 'happy' for Rudy Gay's recent milestone

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, right, talks to forward Rudy Gay during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

During the San Antonio Spurs recent matchup with the Dallas Mavericks, forward Rudy Gay finished with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor. Those 14 points helped him reach the 15,000 points milestone in his career.

“He’s a scorer," said Gregg Popovich recently. "That’s what he does."

In his last three games, Gay has scored in double-figures. He scored 14 versus Dallas, followed that up with 22 points against Minnesota and 19 in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

During that three game span, Gay is posting 18.3 points per game off an impressive 64 percent shooting from the field in 28 minutes per contest.

Said Popovich, "I am happy for him."

The Spurs should be happy as well with Gay in the court this season.

This season, Gay is posting 13.9 points per game, 2.4 assists and 52 percent shooting.

With Gay in the court, the Spurs boast am Offensive Rating of 110.9 and a Defensive Rating of 106.2 for a Net Rating of +4.7. However, the team's Net Rating dips to +2.6 without him on the court through 48 games played.

Gay has dealt with his share of injuries which has caused him to sit out 10 games this season. The Spurs have gone 4-6 without their small forward which show just how important he is on both ends of the floor for San Antonio.

Solid numbers from the 13-year pro who is coming off an Achilles injury prior to joining the Spurs. It makes his milestone an impressive accomplishment but for Popovich, who likes to put things in perspective, it's still just basketball.

"But I am not impressed by much. It’s just basketball. It’s hard to be impressed," said Popovich.


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