Rudy Gay Traded
Rudy Gay was traded to the Sacramento Kings on Monday. It is the second time in 10 months that Gay will be changing countries. Gay, who was traded last January by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Toronto Raptors, is one of the highest paid players in the league. The move by the Raptors appears to be financially motivated as they will be unloading Gay’s burdensome contract, which has another year and $20 million on it.
Besides Gay, the Raptors also sent Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to the Kings for John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, and Chuck Hayes. Vasquez has started at point guard every game this season for the Kings. Gay and the other new Kings were not in uniform for Monday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Game of the Night: Warriors Lose To Bobcats in Shootout
Stephen Curry put up 43 points and 9 assists, but it wasn’t enough to outmatch Kemba Walker and the struggling Bobcats. Curry, a Charlotte native who burst on the national scene while playing at nearby Davidson College, shot the lights out in the second half going 11-21 and knocking down five three pointers.
Walker, not to be outdone, finished the game with 31 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. He also refused to quit as the Warriors made a late push to regain the lead. His dazzling display of dribbling and shooting kept the Bobcats ahead and eventually gave them the win.
“It is fun,” Walker said of facing Curry. “Everybody knows he’s a great player, a great scorer. I love to play against the best. He made some tough shots. I thought I played some good defense, but it was better offense at times. We came out with the win. That’s all I really care about at this point.”
Gerald Henderson, who compared the Curry-Walker matchup to a “featherweight championship fight”, also stood out with 24 points. But his biggest play was this block on Golden State’s Harrison Barnes.
Play of the Night: Derrick Williams Throws It Down In Kings Victory
The play of the night goes to Sacramento’s Derrick Williams, who scored a career high 31 points. Watch this sick reverse alley-oop from Isaiah Thomas off the backboard.
Quote of the Night
Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd wins the quote of the night with this expletive filled rant towards re-assigned assistant coach Lawrence Frank.
“Sit the (expletive) down! I’m the coach of this (13-letter word) team! When you’re on the bench, don’t (expletive) move,” Kidd said, according to NBA.com.
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