DeRozan didn't shoot the ball well from the field once again, but as per usual, he got to the free-throw line quite a bit. Furthermore, he turned in a nice blend of stats across every category while even sinking a three-pointer, which is rare for him. During seven playoff games, DeRozan is averaging 17.9 points on 32 percent shooting from the field to go with 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.6 steals in 36 minutes, most of which are well below his season averages.
DeRozan was dominant offensively, but it was the Raptors' defense in the fourth quarter that even allowed for such a remarkable comeback victory. He had been ice cold entering Game 5, and in what was probably the biggest game of his life to date, DeRozan put the team on his back. Expect him to stay in attack mode Friday in Game 6 as the Raptors try to close the series out.
DeMar DeRozan scored eight points (4-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt) while adding six rebounds, four assists and a steal in 33 minutes during a Game 4 loss to the Pacers on Saturday.
With Paul George draped all over him defensively, DeRozan continues to have a dreadful postseason and is now shooting just 25.9 percent (21-for-81) from the floor through four games, missing all eight of his three-point attempts and getting to the free throw line an uncharacteristic 3.8 times per game. The Toronto Raptors will either need to figure out a way to get him free for open looks, or figure out a new offensive game plan, if they don't want another early playoff exit. They'll head back home for Game 5 on Tuesday, with the series tied 2-2.
DeMar DeRozan supplied 21 points (7-19 FG, 7-9 FT), three assists, two rebounds and two steals over 36 minutes in Thursday's 101-85 Game 3 victory over the Pacers.
While he didn't exactly overcome the shooting woes that had plagued him over the first two games of the series, DeRozan was able to eclipse the 20-point mark for the first time in the postseason and co-lead the Toronto Raptors in scoring. He shot only slightly better than the first two contests-- when he'd tallied success rates south of 30 percent-- but undeniably helped take some of the scoring load off Kyle Lowry. The 26-year-old is now averaging 15.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals over the first three games of the series, and continued contributions of this level would certainly go a long way to producing the balanced offensive attack the Raptors will need to prevail.
DeMar DeRozan scored just 10 points (5-18 FG, 0-2 3Pt) to go along with four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 31 minutes during Monday's win over the Pacers.
DeRozan struggled in his matchup versus Paul George, as he struggled from the field, failed to connect on a three-pointer and uncharacteristically failed to get to the foul line even once. He should continue to see his share of looks as one of Toronto's top options, but expectations could be tempered a bit given the attention he is getting from one of the league's premier defenders.
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