The Rudy Gay era in Toronto started with a bang. He came off the bench to a huge ovation on Friday night and scored his first Raptors field goal on a halfcourt alley-oop from DeMar DeRozan. About two minutes later, the two swingmen on the break again, Gay caught another lob pass from DeRozan and slammed it home.
In the 98-73 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Gay finished with a game-high 20 points and called DeRozan, who finished with 19 and seven assists, "by far the best two guard I've ever played with" after the game.
Since neither is known as a three-point marksman or a deft distributor, they're trying to prove the point that they can not just co-exist but make one another better and take Toronto to another level. This was not exactly the consensus among critics after the Raptors acquired Gay for Jose Calderon and Ed Davis
While the Clippers have one of the best records in the league, they were missing Chris Paul and Matt Barnes and came out flat. Toronto's matchup with Miami on Sunday was more of a test. With superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the wing, they play the type of swarming defense that can disrupt even the game's savviest scorers when engaged.
Gay and DeRozan combined for 56 points on Sunday. If it was a test, they passed it.
"I mean, I don't know who thinks it's a problem," DeRozan said, a day after speaking to Sportsnet about how his development as a playmaker will help make this tandem tough. "With everybody, we just want to win. You get five guys out there on the court and want to win, you don't worry about what everybody got to say -- if it's going to work, if it's not going to work. We're smart enough to figure it out."
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SB Nation | Feb 4