Rudy Gay Will Play Tonight

Usually, Raptors fans get their hopes up for something before it all comes crashing down in spectacular fashion.

But in this instance, we went from thinking Rudy Gay was definitely out for tonight’s game against the Clippers, to thinking there was an outside chance he could play, to 50-50 earlier this afternoon, and now this…

Perhaps it’s a sign that with Gay on board, things are finally going to start heading in the opposite direction for tortured Raptors fans.

Throw in the fact that Jonas Valanciunas and even Andrea Bargnani could make surprising returns to the lineup tonight, and the buzz around the city (there were reportedly more people at Gay’s introductory press conference than at the average Grizzlies home game) almost gives off the feeling of opening night.

It’s all very exciting, and in a way, I’m almost tempted to pull a Lakers and say that a new season begins tonight. On second thought, we’re not the Lakers. This is a proud franchise with a rich history of success – let’s not stoop to the Lakers’ level (I’m fully expecting at least one reader to take me seriously and go ape in the comment section).

In all seriousness though, the NBA more than any other league is a star’s league, and no matter how disappointed we all are to part with Ed Davis’ increasing potential, there’s no doubt that Rudy Gay is the closest thing to a star this franchise and fanbase has had since Chris Bosh left for South Beach. I mean, the NBA doesn’t just stream any acquisition’s introductory press conference online and on NBATV.

For what it’s worth, Gay was saying all of the right things in that presser.

Now it’s time to see if the walk matches the talk. Frankly, I can’t wait to find out…

Comments (15)

  1. Are the raps as close to the playoffs as the lakers are in respective terms

  2. I hope Gay shows us something worthwhile. I’ve been reduced to looking at salaries at BBRef to try and imagine what team would take on Bargnani. So far, my best hope is to send him to the Kings for Chuck Hays and Travis Outlaw. Life as a Raptors fan.

    Go Raps Go!

    • Seriously brother. I was doing the exact same thing! And bbref dont carry no pictures, talk about desperation of wishful thinking.

  3. Quick question for Joe: Does this pick-up mark a fresh slate for the Raptors?

    • I mean it definitely marks a new “era,” but I won’t believe it’s a fresh new slate until I see it translate on the court

    • If we get rid of Bargnani, then we can consider it a fresh slate. Perhaps his time off did him some good, time will tell. I hope he has spent some time in the weight room. Maybe he will overcome his allergic reactions to the paint and tough play. I have some antler spray if he wants to quicken the process.

      Seriously speaking.

  4. I am anxious to see Kyle Lowry, Rudy Gay, Demar Derozen, running the floor tonight if he does suit up. What will be really interesting is how Demar Derozen may react to Kyle Lowry differing to his buddy Rudy Gay. Defensively we have become much longer or rangier for the most part.

    Hoping Gay gets about 20 mins if he plays, and I’m looking for 12pts, 3 Asst, 4 Rebs. Am I asking too much?

    Anderson, Fields, Ross, who will suffer the most from this? Ultimately one of them will be traded.

    • If DeRozan and Gay can’t work well together at the wing spots, I fully expect the organization to move on from DeMar and to pair Ross with Gay, but I imagine they’re going to at least see how it all looks at first

      • Interesting no mention of Fields, or Andrerson. I to would like to “Let Ross Dunk”, but I just feel better about Anderson right now. He’s tougher defensively and his shot selection is a tad better. Ross is on constant heat check. Landry seems to be good at video games though.

        • I think Anderson is the odd man out because he has the shortest-term future with the team. Landry likely isn’t going anywhere with that contract, plus his versatility is pretty valuable, and Anderson’s salary is very tradeable. I could see a playoff team wanting to add a scoring punch off the bunch in the form of Alan. I’m choosing not to mention Terrence because I hope to hell that BC isn’t seriously considering moving him, even as bait for someone to take on Andrea.

  5. Prepare for lift off? Are you for real?

    • All too real my friend….ALL TOO REAL.And like the Cheetos tiger, I’m “dangerously cheesy”

  6. The problem with Bargnani is that “what you see is what you get” He comes as advertised which is very underwhelming. He does have some skill but unwilling to transform himself into the player the team needs him to be. He doesn’t do any intangibles and his work ethic is almost non-existent. How does a 7 footer get so few rebounds. He has the potential to be a Dirk Nowitzki but his attitude is his own worst enemy and if he hasn’t figured it out yet the Raptors are better off playing against him. He is pretty much the 2nd coming of Charlie V. They should trade him and get a backup pg and 2nd rd pick. If they can get that much.

  7. It’s pretty funny that Gay will come off the bench. What a Casey thing to do.

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