Raptors are 5-2 since the arrival of Gay.
Following their 92-88 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, the Toronto Raptors moved to 5-2 in their last seven games.
Harbouring an outside chance of snatching the final play-off spot in the Eastern Conference, the recent good run has coincided with the arrival of forward Rudy Gay from the Memphis Grizzlies.
Despite struggling at the Garden, going 4-for-21 on the floor, he did contribute 11 points including some key free-throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
With questions surrounding him during his time in Memphis over whether he could take his ability to the next level and become a ‘superstar’ in the NBA, Gay is quietly finding his way in Toronto.
Since coming off the bench to make his debut to score a game-high 20 points in the win over the LA Clippers back on February 1, Gay has gone on to be the difference-maker for Raptors coach Dwane Casey.
Defeats to the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics followed that win, but then came the four game winning streak starting with the clutch performance against the highly fancied Indiana Pacers.
With a game-high 20 points in the win over the New Orleans Hornets sandwiched in between, Gay was at it again two nights later against the Denver Nuggets, pouring in 17 points including another game-winning shot.
The latest win against the Knicks, albeit with an injured Carmelo Anthony, shows that the Raptors are on the right track. With DeMar DeRozan coming up big along with the bench, has Rudy Gay kick-started something in his new surroundings?