Rudy Gay Battling Shooting Slump With Toronto Raptors

By John Raffel
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Rudy Gay was hoping his Toronto Raptors could score a big victory over the Memphis Grizzlies this week.

Gay couldn’t carry the load in an 88-83 loss. But still, the Raptors future looks bright with Gay in control.

Gay started out the post NBA All-Star break with a promising game against the Washington Wizards, hitting 10-of-25 and scoring 24 points with eight rebounds and three steals.

But, he obviously faced a better defense against the Grizzlies and netted only 13 points hitting 5 of 15 shots.

While Gay is doing some bright things for the Grizzlies, one area of possible concern is his recent shooting average. He’s 19-of-61 in his Raptors performance. He’s a career 36 percent shooter from the floor and the Raptors hope he stays there or goes higher. Anything below 36 percent isn’t acceptable.

Toronto had been on a five-game winning streak prior to the loss against Memphis. Gay’s former team put an end to his honeymoon in Toronto, at least temporarily.

But Gay’s not going to be able to do it by himself at Toronto, both he and the franchise realize that. He had said DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors was the best shooting guard he has played with. DeRozan was 1-of-9 and scored only seven points against the Grizzles.

But Gay, DeRozan and the other Raptors need to beat good teams like Memphis instead of just the Washington Wizards before declaring they’re moving into NBA elite status. The Grizzlies are at that level. The Raptors are not.

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