DeMar DeRozan RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
A number of teammates were asked versions of the same thing, a natural question given how things ended. Most of them managed to make it sound like they would be cool with it. “I know Case gets a lot of flak, [but] Case is a great coach,” said DeMar DeRozan. “I’ve got to give him credit, he pushes us day in and day out [and] like I said, it could be one little thing. It’s like a Rubik’s Cube, you just got to find the right side to get everything else going.”
Eric Smith: “We’re not far away at all.” — DeRozan. Adds it’s a piece or two that’s needed; maybe a vet piece or two. #RTZ #Raptors
Pierce has been the second-best player in the series, after John Wall, turning back the clock with 56% shooting from deep — many of them daggers and averages of 16 points and three rebounds on 56% shooting (after averaging 11.9 points on 45% shooting in the regular season). Pierce talked the talk and now has walked the walk. So does DeRozan wish he had just ignored Pierce? “Nah. Nah. It’s part of the game. Why not? Nothing would have changed,” DeRozan said before what could be Toronto’s final practice of the season on Saturday morning.
“They got great players,” Pierce said. “Don’t take nothing away from Lowry, don’t take nothing away from [DeMar] DeRozan, but the guys I’m talking about can pretty much win a series by themselves. They rely on great team basketball, great team defense, they have a great cast around them. And that’s what I probably meant by saying that “It” factor.
Growing up in the Compton area, DeMar DeRozan first played against James Harden when the two California natives were around 12 years old. “He didn’t have no beard [back then],” the Raptors’ guard joked after going head-to-head with his good friend on Monday night. “I mean it’s definitely cool because we’ve been playing against each other since we were kids. That’s one of my closest friends in the league to this day.”
Amir Johnson and DeMar DeRozan believe the Raptors will figure it out. “We’re good though,” Johnson interrupted a questioner after Saturday’s loss in New York City who was pointing out things have not gone well during this five-game losing skid. “We’re still good … We can’t feel sorry for ourselves even though we’re losing.”
DeRozan did not duck away from that assessment of the status of his own game. “Right next to the trash can (that Lowry’s) is. Both trash,” DeRozan told the Sun, matter-of-factly as he signed merchandise following his media scrum.
It was that kind of night for DeRozan and his team, a night of frustration, suffering their second disheartening defeat in as many games. “I think tonight was just frustrating,” admitted the Raptors guard, who was ejected from Wednesday’s 109-93 loss after being assessed a flagrant foul 2 for the aforementioned play. “The last two games, we’re not playing like ourselves. We showed we can do it, we did it in four games in five nights last week, the type of team we are. We just have to be consistent with it and it’s just frustrating when little things might not go our way and we let that trickle down to other things.”
David Aldridge: Most guys turn their phone off during that time. Who could still reach you? Kyle Lowry: My wife. My guy that I work with in the summertime. And DeMar. I talked to DeMar almost every single day. Him and Rudy Gay are my guys. I was able to bounce things off of them. Honestly, that’s one of the things that helped me come back to Toronto. ‘Cause when I called DeMar, he would just listen. And I told him about every situation that was possible. And he didn’t say ‘nah, bro, you should just do this.’ He would just listen. And it makes life a lot easier when you know you’ve got somebody who just literally, truly is out there just for you, just wants you to be happy.
The wall is the fatigue level that creeps up on him and every player during a game. Only since his rookie year, he has been able to fight through that wall and continue. Right now he can’t. “Coming back I knew with all that rest I had, I would have that energy the first couple of games but I knew adversity would hit eventually,” he said. “I knew I would get fatigued. It’s easier when you are in complete shape through summer and training camp. You get into the season and when that fatigue hits you can fight through it. Now when it hits me it’s like hitting that rookie wall that you’re not used to when you first get in the league. That’s all it is.”