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Rudy Gay has slowed down after a quick burst through the first few games. He had more than 20 points and at least 19 field-goal attempts in four of the first eight games. In four of the last five games, however, he put up less than 15 shots and 15 or fewer points to drop his scoring average to 18.6 per game.
Also, his stroke has been less than impressive. He’s shooting 42.2 percent from the field, knocking down less than 40 percent of his shots in seven of 16 games.
The 26-year-old hasn’t shot this badly or scored less than 18.9 points per game since his rookie year.
To his credit, he’s rediscovered his three-point aim. After shooting 31.2 percent from three-point range last season, he’s hitting 38 percent from deep.
Anyway, someone who came into the season with a chip on his shoulder like Gay did shouldn’t level off this quickly.