On Tuesday night, the Memphis Grizzlies got back to business after the All-Star break with a win over the Detroit Pistons on the road. It was a solid team effort against a team that has been competitive in stretches for some of this year.
You may also remember that the Pistons were part of that three-team trade in January that netted the Grizzlies Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye.
The third part of that three-teamer? The Toronto Raptors. While there are likely no hard feelings between any Pistons or Grizzlies players, there will almost definitely be animosity tonight in Canada as Rudy Gay takes on his old Memphis teammates for the first time since being traded to a different country.
Why do I think there could be some hard feelings? Because when he was asked what he missed about Memphis, he responded with a resounding “Nothing.”
Yeah. It could be awkward.
The truth is that Gay has been pretty much the same guy as a Raptor that he’s always been as an NBA player. He shoots a low percentage and is inconsistent. He’s shooting under 40% in his Raptors career, but has already hit two game-winning jumpers, so his first few weeks in Toronto has been the full-on Rudy Gay experience.
In addition to Gay, the Raptors have an intriguing core, led by DeMar Derozan and Kyle Lowry. Although Toronto started the season slowly, the trade for Gay has re-energized the Raptors, and they’re 6-2 since the deal was finalized. Despite that hot stretch, the Raptors are only 22-32 overall, but are 14-13 at home.
When the Grizzlies played in Toronto two years ago, the winner (other than Memphis) was this guy. (WARNING: NSFW)
Now Gay is on the other team, and it will be interesting to see who will take the game-winning shot in a late game situation. The Grizzlies have been fine since the trade, but haven’t been in any situations like that. I think they get that chance tonight and Marc Gasol comes through. Just a hunch though. Enjoy the drama everyone.