He missed two buzzer beaters and had a horrible shooting game when he took more shots than he should have. Seeing Gay’s disheartening misses might have driven Lionel Hollins to drive the offense through Zach Randolph again.
Grizzlies fans were let down by Gay missing shots when a leading scorer needed to make them. In Game 1, Gay missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer when the Grizzlies had a couple of other good looks and a few seconds to set up a better shot. In Game 3, he missed another potential game-winner in the final seconds.
In Game 4, Gay dragged down the Grizzlies by shooting 8-of-25 from the field. He didn’t often shoot 25 times in a game, let alone shoot worse than 40 percent while doing it.
To be fair, Gay shot well, Game 4 aside, shooting 44.9 percent from the field.
Gay was the leading shooter by a significant margin. He took 16.2 field-goal attempts per game in the series. Randolph took 12.6 shots per game. Mike Conley took 10.9 and Marc Gasol took 9.9 per game.
In the regular season, Gay was by far the leading shooter. He took 16.4 field-goal attempts per game. Gasol took 11.4 shots per game and Conley took. In the games he played, Randolph took 10.2 shots per game.
Randolph took a slightly lower number of shots than Gay did in 2010-11. He took 15.8 shots per game on the season to Gay’s 16.1, but his average went down in the second half of the year, with other players stepping up to replace Gay’s scoring with him injured.
In the first half, Randolph took 16.5 shots per game, 0.4 more per game than Gay took.
Also of note, Randolph scored more in 2009-10 and 2010-11 than Gay did. In 2009-10, Randolph averaged 20.8 points per game to Gay’s 19.6. In 2010-11, Randolph averaged 20.1 points per game, compared to Gay’s 19.8.