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TOKYO — Marc Ga­sol ap­peared all set to re­turn to ac­tion for the first time since win­ning the World cup with spain last month, un­til he wasn’t.

a day ahead of Tues­day’s ex­hi­bi­tion opener against Hous­ton, rap­tors head coach Nick Nurse had pro­nounced Ga­sol ac­tive and in the lineup, while Kyle Lowry would be out.

Hours later, the team changed course, say­ing Ga­sol would be rested. Through­out the pre­sea­son, Toronto will be cau­tious with its vet­er­ans, who had an ex­tremely long year (with Ga­sol hav­ing the long­est one of all, given his two cham­pi­onship runs).

Hous­ton is also tak­ing it slowly, with su­per­star guards rus­sell West­brook and James Har­den both slated to miss one of the games in Ja­pan. The rock­ets came to Tokyo straight off of play­ing in Hawaii.

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