NBA Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors’ Rudy Gay Having Solid Start To New Campaign

John E. Sokolowski – USA TODAY Sports

Rudy Gay had just the start he needed in his first game of the 2013-14 NBA regular season. The seventh year player has had an up and down career until now and will be looking to elevate his game to all new levels in his first full season with the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors beat the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night in which Gay scored 19 points and added eight rebounds.

Gay knows that if his team is to make a playoff chase this year a large part of it will come down to his individual play on a game-by-game basis. He knows he must show leadership both on and off the court and step up to the plate when it comes down to it as the team’s ‘closer’.

He wasn’t required to make a buzzer-beater on Wednesday as the Raptors beat the Celtics 93-87, but there are sure to be plenty of moments throughout the season where Gay will make the difference between a playoff berth and a lottery draft pick.

Tyler Hansbrough had a solid debut for Toronto off the bench, and as predicted in preseason he will be the leader of the second unit. The fifth-year player had eight points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes, which gave coach Dwayne Casey a great alternative at the power forward position and gave Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas some well-deserved rest.

Next up for the Raptors is a trip down south on Friday night to face the Atlanta Hawks. They will look to improve to 2-0.