Tuesday, November 12, 2013
To those who missed the Raptors/Rockets game last night. You missed a legendary game from Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors.
Gay launched 37 shots and made only 11 of them en route to scoring 29 points. Most of them were tough, contested jump shots, and yes, he missed 26 shots in one game.
DeMar DeRozan wasn't any better either. He had 22 points on 6-of-25 shooting.
Combined, DeRozan and Gay missed 45 shots last night. The Raptors as a team registered just ten assists on 114 field goal attempts. Unprecedented back to 1985-1986.
Think about this. Kobe Bryant took only ten more shots than Rudy Gay did last night, when he scored 81 points back in 2006. Let that sink in for a minute.
What is alarming if you're a Raptors fan is some of the post game comments by the players, especially the quotes by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan:
"This is a different team," he said. "We are not going to have a high amount of assists because of the players we have. We have individual players - guys who create for themselves. Your assist totals are never going to be as high as they can be because the guys we have, while they catch and shoot sometimes, they are best at playmaking and putting the ball on the floor. And no one is going to complain about that because they are pretty damn good."
"It sucks that we're missing a lot of easy shots but we're going to continue to fight it out no matter what. We could be out there playing with a bowling ball and we're(still) going to continue to shoot it."
Among qualified players, Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan have the third and fifth worst FG% in the NBA.
DeMar DeRozan is ninth in the NBA with 17.6 field-goal-attempts per-game. DeMar DeRozan is 290th in the NBA with 36.2 FG%.
Rudy Gay meanwhile is third in the NBA with 20.0 FGA per game. Rudy Gay is 292nd in the NBA with a 35.6 FG%
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