Since his return from a groin injury, DeRozan has been easing into each game. That's allowed him to see how teams are treating him, and adapt accordingly. This has led to some games where DeRozan racks up assists and rebounds instead of points. In the eyes of his teammates, that's not a bad thing. "That’s what a great player does," said Kyle Lowry. "That’s what an all-star caliber player does. He finds way to help his team win a game."
DeRozan said that he's trying to contribute in multiple areas just in case he doesn't have his shot on a particular night. "Just trying to still impact the game as much as I can, because there are going to be nights like that," DeRozan said. "My role is to just be able to do everything."
DeRozan is averaging 18.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Lane is doubtful to return to the game.
Profar missed all of last season due to a shoulder injury, but is working his way back during the offseason. He'll likely be behind the other position players, and may have to serve as the team's designated hitter early on during spring. The 21-year-old Profar came into last season listed as one of the top prospects in the game.
The move wasn't a huge surprise, as coach Byron Scott told reporters that was the plan coming into the contest. Still, Young was disappointed at the result. "Very disappointed I didn’t get out there. But that’s the year has been," Young told the Daily News. Young has been battling an ankle injury, but said he believes his ankle is fine now. Young has missed three straight games due to the issue.
Young is averaging 14.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
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