Rudy Gay can consistently get a shot off that he's comfortable taking and that's something we haven't had in a long time. Our late game shot making has been HORRIBLE because defense clamp down and no one on our roster could get a glimpse of the basket under that kinda duress. Rudy isn't a great shooter by the percentages but he at least we can put it in his hands and know that his size, length and ball skills will ensure that he can get a decent look at the basket.
I mean no one 'likes' that the dudes percentages have been pretty bad but at this point we gotta realize that it's going to improve and be happy that in the meantime he's still bringing things to the table that are equating to Ws.
1. I didn't say you said clutch only pertains to the last shot. But in the traditional sense, that's what it is. And from that point of view, I didn't mean to harp only on Gay. It's overrated in general. But on Gay specifically, he's 2-for-2 or something. That's obviously unsustainable. I would be surprised if he even hit half of those by the time it was all said and done. And that applies to every single superstar; players like Kobe and Melo don't even hit 40%. Why? Because they take ridiculously tough ones.
2. Yes, confirmation bias. Maybe not you specifically, but once a player gets branded as clutch, it's like only the makes get remembered. A lot of it is because of the media. Game winners get replayed over and over usually; nobody makes highlight reels of misses. Once your narrative gets set by the media, it's really hard to shake.
3. I never said anything about a superstar going iso. I specifically said great play call leading to an open shot from a superstar. Like ball movement. That thing every coach loves from minutes 1 to 45. In the pecking order of things, it goes open shot from a superstar > open shot from anybody else > hero ball attempt by a superstar.
re: Raptors being .500 in close games, sure. Yes, they'd be right there in the playoff hunt in the East. And? I never said they were terrible and couldn't make the playoffs.
I really think the entire argument is getting really obscured because different meanings of "clutch" are being interchanged freely everywhere, haha. For the record, I think clutch does exist - but not at all in the traditional sense. There is definitely merit to players being calm under pressure, but there is no magic ability to hit shots late in close games. Of course you want to put the ball in the hands of your best players, but you should be doing that right from tipoff. The goal is always to get a good shot, no matter who it's coming from. When LeBron got nailed for passing it to a wide open Donyell Marshall who missed a three, that's dumb. Jordan hits Kerr who makes the three and everyone praises him for trusting his teammates. When Kobe rises up over two defenders and hits a fadeaway, that's still a terrible shot and there was almost definitely a better shot at that moment in time. Everything is so results oriented and that's a terrible way to analyze anything.
Is it too much to expect Gay to do those other shit but not take 10-15 terrible shots a game while shooting 35%?
I think the moral is here even when he is frustrated (like he was tonight) he canstill more often than not make positives happen. Rudy was really irritated tonight and thats no understatement.
Hit 3 of 6 three points
took a lot of attention off DeMar
I have no problem with him shooting 10/25 - especially when 3 of those shots were fouls
"Championships are what we live for, now lets go win them."Tim Leiweke
Gay has had a tremendously positive impact on Demars game, whether by way of drawing attention, leading by example or starting a competition, or all three I don't know and don't care. Demar has picked up his game since he got his Gay companion.
Since Gay has joined this team, we play games as if we are supposed to win. I love how we can play terribly and STILL come out on top. We used to have to play near impeccable basketball just to get it close near the 4th!!
If we can win 5 straight with Gay being sub-50% FG, then I cant wait for what we can do when Rudy has an efficient game!
The Baltic Beast is unstoppable!
I'd rather someone else (like Bargs, Lucas, Amir or Ross) take those shots and he does the other stuff like rebounding and playing def when he's cold.
EDIT* SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS.
His PER also seems to be risen with every game
How about we look at his individual stats in comparison from Memphis, to Toronto.
Memphis: 17.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 2.6 assists, on 78% free throw shooting, 41% from the field, and 31% from 3.
Toronto in 8 games: 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 2.7 assists on 86% free throw shooting, 38% from the field, and 19% from 3.
I do admit, his 3-point shooting has been quite atrocious, and his field goal percentage has gone down, but his overall production has increased, the minutes have increased since arriving in Toronto at 38 minutes (which is a good thing, because he adds a certain element not measured by stats - Leadership), and a major attribute that this team was extremely desperate for, and that was shot creation, and a late game option.
Rudy Gay hit 2 game-winners in 8 games as a Toronto Raptor, and even when he's having a sub-par performance shooting wise, or having foul trouble, he is able to impact the game on different ways, such as guarding the best player on the opposition, rebounding, attracting defense. This guy has truly made an impact.Just my two cents, or three cents, or four cents or whatever from a piece I wrote up on my blog.His qualities have been a plus for this team, more specifically, his leadership. It feels quite good as a fan, to see the team fall behind to your best player, and not your best player to fall behind a role player who acts as the leader. Those qualities of leadership is what Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Chris Bosh, and Andrea Bargnani have failed to do in the past in their Raptor uniforms.
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