Rudy Gay makes his first return appearance to Memphis after last season's blockbuster trade with Toronto and Detroit. If the Grizzlies needed additional inspiration to play well in front of their home crowd, the recent viewings of their own game footage should provide enough to have them doing backflips on the court tonight.
The Grizzlies tipoff against the Raptors at 7:00pm CDT in the FedexForum in Memphis, and the game can be viewed locally (Memphis) on the usual tv/radio combo of Fox SportsSouth and 92.9 FM ESPN.
Recently for the Grizzlies: The Grizzlies have an ugly, mixed bag of mojo going on right now. After a solid win against the Warriors, the Griz turned into stuffed animals and looked foolish against the Indiana Pacers. Optimists will look at that game as the result of playing one of the best teams in the league on the road (the Griz have only won 3 times in Indiana, ever), and the pessimists will inch closer towards the dumpster with torches and molotov cocktails. I'd recommend coming to terms somewhere in the middle: The Grizzlies are, at the moment, an average team that will play inconsistently and hover around the .500 mark. That can change, however.
Recently for the Raptors: Toronto is coming off a loss to the Rockets in which Rudy Gay scored 29 points on 11/37 shooting. While all of the Raptors' three wins have come against horrible teams (Boston, Milwaukee and Utah), their losses have recently come against top NBA competition in the Heat, Pacers and Rockets. This will be a hungry team that is looking to kick the Grizzlies while they're down.
Last time they met: 2/20/2013, the Grizzlies, just weeks after the Gay trade, traveled to Toronto and shut down Rudy Gay in the 4th quarter to seal a convincing victory. The Grizzlies have a favored history against the Raptors: before the overtime stunner in March of 2012, the last time the Griz lost to the Raptors was in January of 2009 (and you know who we had playing for us then).