In the arena of public perception, Rudy Gay is in a can’t-win situation right now.
Yes, we’re well aware the Raptors forward is shooting a career-low 37.5% from the field. And yes, we are not blind to the fact that he has taken a team-high 264 shots in 14 games.
No, it’s not efficient. We get that, too.
But what seems to be lost in all of this is that as a proven scorer in this league - never a tremendously efficient one, but never this inefficient either - and a player still very much in his prime, what other course of action would anyone realistically expect from Gay? He’s not going to stop shooting.
Gay is in the league and paid the way he is because he is that fearless scorer. That guy who, when others don’t want to take that game-on-the-line shot, gladly accepts the challenge.