What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Kings
Nicolas Batum vs. Rudy Gay
While the Toronto Raptors might have improve since trading small forward Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings, he still makes for a difficult matchup. A long, physical athlete, Gay is able to impact a game offensively, as the Trail Blazers found earlier this season in their overtime victory against the Raptors.
"He can put up numbers," said Stotts. He's dynamic -- obviously the hit the shot against us in Toronto to put the game into overtime. He can really get hot. His length is a tough matchup because, at a three, it's a difficult switch with our point guards. His versatility is a challenge."
That challenge gets more difficult with Nicolas Batum, who will be primarily responsible for checking Gay, playing in his first game action since suffering a broken left middle finger in Saturday's loss to Philadelphia. Forcing Gay to play defense is one of the keys to slowing down his offense, but if Batum is limited in what he can do with the ball, that may allow Gay to put all of his efforts into scoring.
• Is 12th in the NBA and second among small forwards in three-pointers made with 69 makes on 39 percent shooting
• Ranks eighth among small forwards in blocks per game at 0.68 and 19th in steals per game with 1.0
• Recently partnered with Portland Parks & Rec to provide toys for over 500 kids at the Charles Jordan Community Center in North Portland
• Traded to the Kings, along with Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy, for John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes on Dec. 9
• Is six among small forward in field goal attempts with 514 and fourth in two-point attempts with 427
• Gay is ninth among small forwards in minutes per game at 36.0, right ahead of Batum at 35.8 minutes per game.