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About two weeks ago, Rudy Gay matched his worst shooting effort of the season against the New Orleans Hornets as part of a dismal slump for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Now he's breathing new life into the Toronto Raptors.
Gay leads the Raptors into Sunday night's home matchup against a Hornets team seeking a third straight victory behind strong play from emerging point guard Greivis Vasquez.
Gay's next-to-last game with Memphis was a 91-83 loss to New Orleans (17-33) on Jan. 27 in which he shot 3 of 17 and scored 10 points. That capped an eight-game stretch in which he averaged 13.1 points and 35.9 percent shooting.
Since being acquired by Toronto (18-32) on Jan. 30, Gay is averaging 24.3 points. He scored 17 of his 23 after the third quarter of a 100-98 overtime victory Friday that snapped Indiana's 15-game home win streak.
"The Raptors have been playing great since I've been here, and we've been playing well with each other," Gay said. "You know, I just want to be in at the end of games where I can give the team a chance to win."
Vasquez has been giving the Hornets that lately. He posted his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a 111-100 victory over Atlanta on Friday that opened a three-game trip.
"This one really feels great,'' he said. "It's special because it's my first one, and with a win. I can't be satisfied. I want more, and I want to help the team win games."
Vasquez has averaged 11.1 assists in his last 11 games, and he's third in the league in that department with 9.4 per contest.
"A lot of NBA guys don't want to be coached," coach Monty Williams said. "They want to be babied and coddled. That kid is probably the toughest guy I've been around."
Vasquez nearly recorded his first triple-double with 20 points, 14 assists and nine boards in a 104-97 overtime loss to Toronto on Dec. 28, but he won't go up against the departed Jose Calderon in the rematch.
Kyle Lowry has started the last five games at point guard for Toronto with Calderon having left as part of the three-team deal that netted Gay. Lowry had 17 points, eight assists and no turnovers in the first matchup.
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 in that contest for Toronto for his second-best output of the season while rookie Anthony Davis had his second-best scoring effort for New Orleans with 25.
The Raptors will get their only look of the season at Eric Gordon, who missed the first meeting with knee soreness. Gordon scored a season-high 27 points against the Hawks after sandwiching nine-point efforts around a game he missed to rest the knee.
Toronto is 13-9 against teams below .500, and believes it can reach the postseason.
"We definitely want to finish strong before the All-Star break," forward Amir Johnson said. "We're still in the run for the playoffs, we've just got to keep playing."
BEST OF MAXIM
Rudy Gay sures likes this thing called dunking. Gay went into flight Sunday against New Orleans, throwing down this sick slingshot dunk.The deal to acquire Gay from Memphis is paying off for Toronto. Gay has already set the Raptors franchise record for most points scored in first three games (74). At the same time, Gay will fill the stands if he keeps producing these Air-Carter type dunks.
KNOCK IT DOWN
The Toronto Raptors were able to force overtime Friday night versus the Indiana Pacers; it prove beneficial to Toronto as they sealed the win with a Rudy Gay game-winner. Paul George is guarding Gay, but even his defenses can’t stop Gay’s silky J.The post Rudy Gay’s Game-Winner Vs Indiana Pacers (Video) appeared first on The NBA Mistress.
Rudy Gay has been known to have the clutch gene, and he once again proved that last night against the Pacers. Check out the video below courtesy of The NBA Mistress
Tweet After six and a half seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies it’s going to take some time to get used to seeing Rudy Gay in a Toronto Raptors uniform. He’s gotten off to a pretty decent start with his new team, averaging 24 points, six boards, and over three steals through the first four [...]
Episode 41 of RAPS TALK (02.11.13) - Rudy, Rudy, Rudy! This week we talk about the Toronto Raptors past week, Rudy Gay's game winner against the Pacers, #RossShallDunk, "Name That Boxscore", Bargnani for Boozer rumours and we also have our regular segments "Hoop Heads Humour of the Week" and "The Wenningtons of the Week." If you're new...
Video: Vicious throw down
I still don’t like the trade from a business standpoint, but Rudy Gay proved his basic on-court worth to the Raptors in a 100-98 overtime victory in Indiana. Though Gay experienced just mixed success (9-25 from the floor) going one-on-one against a stingy defender in Paul George, he did come through with 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, including the game...
Rudy Gay scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime Friday night, rallying the Toronto Raptors to a 100-98 victory over the weary Indiana Pacers.
The game went into overtime after Amir Johnson's buzzer-beating tip-in stood following a replay review. The Raptors won it when Gay hit a 17-foot jumper with 1.7 seconds left and Paul George's 15-footer rimmed...
The Memphis Grizzlies have struggled since dealing Rudy Gay. Perhaps surprisingly, though, his absence has seemingly taken a bigger toll on defense.
The Grizzlies' defensive woes, however, pale in comparison to what the Golden State Warriors are experiencing.
Both will try to avoid three-game losing streaks Friday night when they meet in Memphis.
The Grizzlies (30-18) have...
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Mike Conley’s rolled ankle cracked opened the door for 5th year guard Jerryd Bayless, and Rudy Gay’s departure cemented his extended playing time for the remainder of 2013. The Grizzlies are short on perimeter bodies, offensively capable ones in particular, making Bayless the ideal candidate for shot attempts...
After such a stellar stretch, the Indiana Pacers were due for a letdown game, and boy did they throw it away against the Toronto Raptors, losing 100-98 in overtime and snapping their 15-game home winning streak. And full credit to the Raptors too, for never giving up and fighting through till the end despite getting some pretty dubious calls against them.
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