While acquiring Rudy Gay was a highly debated topic for many front offices around the league, his rejuvenated game has been paying immediate dividends for the Toronto Raptors.
Indeed it is, Kendall Marshall. The rookie point guard of the Suns is probably realizing that Gay’s “kick game” and playmaking abilities would have been a fine fit in Phoenix, which was rumored to be in the market for Gay.
In just two games with the Raptors, Gay has made an immediate impact. In his debut Friday, he scored 20 points off the bench, leading the Raptors to a rout of the Clippers. On Sunday afternoon, Gay continued his hot streak against LeBron James and the Miami Heat, a matchup Gay always gets up for.
This time in a starting role, Gay dominated the first half on his way to 29 points. Although the Raptors did not come out on top – Miami pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 100-85 win – Gay’s scoring, playmaking and veteran leadership have things looking up in Toronto, something to keep an eye on as the season moves along.
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