Rudy Gay can't be this good, can he?
The arrival of the newest member of the Raptors just happened to coincide with the most dominant performance of the season by the team, a 98-73 pummelling of the Los Angeles Clippers, one of the NBA's powerhouse sides this season.
Gay arrived on a private plane from Memphis just as the morning shootaround ended, took his medical and, without a practice under his belt, was in uniform when the Raps tipped off about seven hours later.
The UConn product didn't start but he did log the heaviest minutes of any of the Raptors subs, scoring a team-high 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting in 33 minutes.
Gay looked extremely comfortable with this new teammates, particularly in the second half when he helped salt away the game with 10 points.
"It was just good to get a win, get out there and play basketball," Gay said. "It's been so many other things going on, this was my first time actually having to go through it. It just felt good."
But it wasn't so much Gay alone — or any of the Raptors individually — that turned this one into the run-away train that it became.
In fact, you would be hard-pressed to single out any one Raptor as the driver of this freight train that got unleashed on the unsuspecting (some would say uncaring) Clippers.
From DeMar DeRozan and his 19 points, right on down to the eight minutes Jonas Valanciunas got in his first action in 19 games before leaving with four personal fouls and little else, all 11 Raptors that saw the floor contributed.
Amir Johnson, who skipped the morning shootaround, was battling the flu for much of the day but spent his evening frustrating the bejeepers out of Blake Griffin.
Rudy Gay makes instant impact as Raptors rout Clippers
Toronto Sun | Feb 2