BASKETBALL — 20 February 2013

The Toronto Raptors are on fire! So to speak… A franchise that has seen players, coaches and general managers come and go through the revolving door it may be time to consider putting a pause to all of that, at least for now. Bryan Colangelo has finally landed the player he has coveted for so long in Rudy Gay, and just 8 games in it is clear to see why. I already feel like I have a ton of highlight real game winners or big plays from Rudy Gay in such a short period, it really makes you question what was the Memphis Grizzlies thinking when they decided to trade Rudy Gay.

Rudy Gay has played like a number one player that you can rely on to help win basketball games. The presence of Rudy Gay has alleviated the pressure on guard DeMar DeRozan who has been able to get better looks on secondary defenders now that teams have to worry about stopping Rudy Gay. The team has had some considerable success from players playing well including Jonas Valanciunas who is playing but still wearing a cast from a hand injury and John Lucas III who has been a man possessed at times.

Tonight the Raptors are back in Toronto to take on the Memphis Grizzlies in the first match since the big trade that sent Ed Davis to Memphis and Jose Calderon to Detroit. The Raptors have been 6-2 since the trade and obviously the chemistry is rolling. The Toronto Raptors will be playing a back to back where they will need to win a big game against a + .500 team. If the Toronto Raptors can close out the remainder of the season in impressive fashion it will provide a ton of optimism leading into the 2013-2014 season. If Andrea Bargnani can find a way to come off the bench and produce in a secondary role the Raptors may have a chance to become a good team. It’s unlikely that the Toronto Raptors will trade Bargnani before the deadline tomorrow as his value is at an all-time low. The only hope is that Andrea pulls it together in the second half and Colangelo can find a trade in the off-season or Dwayne Casey will have to find a way to get Andrea to fit into the team with a much different roll.



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