Rudy Gay has been playing through a back injury that first surfaced on March 1, and even though he has received two games off, the issue is still lingering.

“I’m sure it does (bother him),” Dwane Casey said, “but you’ll have to ask him how much it does restrict him, how much it does take away form his movement and his shooting. I do notice he hasn’t been himself since he’s had the back issues the night we played Milwaukee.”

Gay is shooting just 36.7 percent from the field in March.

“Your back is such a big part of what you do,” Casey said. “Shooting the ball, handling the ball, definitely defensively, getting down into the stance.”