Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan rattle the rims—with their bricks

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The box scores for the Toronto Raptors are usually a downer. Last night’s was hilarious.

Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan haven’t exactly lit it up to start the season, together combining for 296 points on 301 field goal attempts. Factored into that is the 17 for 62 performance Toronto’s duo put up last night in their double overtime loss versus Houston. That’s 45 misses, DeRozan shooting six for 25 while Gay going 11 for 37. Their shot charts on nba.com weren’t exactly pretty before. After last night, they continue to be sun. burnt.

You could say they lit up, however, in regards to Twitter. ‘Netw3rk’ perfectly summed up Gay’s performance in a few tweets of his own:

There needs to be a legitimate prop bet each game where we can bet the over/under on whether Gay and DeRozan’s points will be over or under their field goal attempts. Merely suggesting that bet for two players who each log over 35 minutes per game and make over a combined $27 million explains why new Raptors front office boss Masai Ujiri is rumored to be open to tearing down the entire roster, save for Jonas Valanciunas, and starting over.

But aside from that and the hilarity of 45 misses from Gay and DeRozan, it’s also unfortunate when they’re two players I hoped would “figure it out” and become all-stars. That just doesn’t seem to be the case not just from this game alone but a couple years now of frustrating offense. Once in a while–preferably around 2 a.m.–I’ll wish they model their games after Andre Iguodala, turning themselves into freaks of nature defensively with no tunnel vision or sticky hands when they have the ball. 

So far, no luck.

There’s some good to take away from this game for both Toronto and Houston. For Toronto, they seriously could’ve won this game. Among their opportunities, they had the ball with 34 seconds in the fourth quarter when the game was tied, only they ran out the shot clock and settled with Gay taking a 22-foot jumper. To not attack in a 2-for-1 situation like that is criminal, though Houston didn’t perform much better with their chance to prevent overtime. The win was there. They just didn’t execute, which is a weird, recurring theme from both their players and head coach Dwane Casey. 

As for Houston, the shooting they held Toronto to had quite an impact on their defensive numbers. Coming into last night’s game, the Rockets’ were 19th in defensive efficiency (103.0). Now, despite the comedy of their perimeter defense by James HardenJeremy Lin, and Chandler Parsons, they’re ranked 10th (99.4).

Offensively, Jeremy Lin had one of his best games in some time with 31 points off 17 shots, helping Houston overcome Dwight Howard‘s free throw woes. Howard himself logged 45 minutes. He only did that twice last season after, you know, back surgery. After last night’s attempt to carry Toronto to victory, back surgery might be in Rudy Gay’s future as well.

In all seriousness though, for health reasons it’s a good thing neither the Raptors nor the Rockets play today. Eight other teams have the chance to continue the weirdness of an NBA season that’s only two weeks old. Not counting the playoffs, there’s still 22 weeks to go. 

What will leave us befuddled next? 

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7 thoughts on “Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan rattle the rims—with their bricks

  1. Hollins November 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm Reply

    How about calling them “The Brick Brothers” from now on?

    • Matt Femrite November 12, 2013 at 4:13 pm Reply

      It certainly rolls off the tongue better than what I had in mind: RuMar GaRozan.

  2. Yu-Hsing Chen (@RollingWave0720) November 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm Reply

    Jeremy Lin had 2 more points than Rudy Gay on less than half the shot attempts.

    Yup.

    • Matt Femrite November 12, 2013 at 9:50 pm Reply

      Definitely needed that when Harden’s been struggling, supposedly with a nagging foot.

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