Sports Raptors hope experience takes DeRozan to new playoff heights

10:52  14 april  2017
10:52  14 april  2017 Source:   Sportsnet

Raptors look to switch it up in Game 2 with Bucks

  Raptors look to switch it up in Game 2 with Bucks As counter-intuitive as it may seem, the Toronto Raptors may look to settle for jump shots in Game 2 of their playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks rather than get to the rim.With floor balance a key and trying to limit the transition opportunities for the Bucks, getting all the way to the rim might not be advisable.While it’s all well and good that DeMar DeRozan shot 15 free throws in Saturday’s Game 1, he realizes the need to mix up his offence to not leave his teammates at a defensive disadvantage.

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The problem with experience is it can take a long time to get some.

Listen to DeMar DeRozan as he and his Toronto Raptors teammates turn their attention to their first-round matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks – Game 1 set for Saturday at 5:30 — and the 27-year-old sounds like a wise old man.

Making the playoffs four straight years will do that to an NBA player, particular if the success followed years playing for a lottery team. Playing two Game 7s and stretching the Eastern Conference Finals to a respectable six games a year ago hurried the process along, too.

Not long ago, DeRozan and the Raptors were relative post-season newbies, trying to figure it out, hoping to solve the puzzle and advance to the second round. Not anymore. It’s the youthful Bucks who will have that excuse to use, subconsciously or not.

DeRozan leads Raptors past Heat 96-94

  DeRozan leads Raptors past Heat 96-94 DeMar DeRozan had a strong first half and finished with 38 points to go with six rebounds as the Raptors beat the Miami Heat 96-94 on Friday night in Toronto's final home game of the regular season. Canadian point guard Cory Joseph came off the bench with 14 points and three assists for Toronto (49-31), who cut the idle Boston Celtics lead in the Atlantic Division to 1 1/2 games. Kyle Lowry had 12 points, six assists and seven rebounds in his first game back in Toronto since wrist surgery on March 1 forced him to miss 18 games.

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Raptors fans and Toronto natives are certainly thankful that DeRozan is still in their uniform, too. It took time for me to get out of the second round [of the playoffs ] in Raptors history. I don’t want to waste anybody’s time. I didn’t want to give false hope if I knew what I felt inside was right.

The Raptors? No longer.

“We’ve learned every type of way you can learn,” said DeRozan. “From being swept [by Washington in 2015], to being an inexperienced young team playing against the most veteran team you can go against in Brooklyn that year [2014] to going to the Eastern Conference Finals, six games.

“The experience that you gain from that is damn near everything you can get out of the playoffs other than a Finals. So going into Saturday’s game, we’ve got to keep that mindset of understanding how hard it is to win, especially that first game. Go out there, be locked in.”

One thing DeRozan can expect is the Bucks will be locked in on him – standard operating procedure when you finish fifth in the scoring race, as DeRozan did, putting up 27.3 points a game, the second-highest average in franchise history to only Vince Carter’s 27.6 in 2000-01.

Raptors are ready for another long playoff grind

  Raptors are ready for another long playoff grind They know what’s in front of them, the pitfalls and the pressure and the pain, but the Toronto Raptors also know the NBA playoffs are about them rather than who they play or when. A veteran team with a core that remembers well the grind of last spring has to take care of its own business first and foremost.“We play it out and whatever happens, happens,” point guard Kyle Lowry said. “Don’t care about who we play, where we play. We just gotta go play.”Heading into the penultimate night of the regular season on Tuesday, the Raptors were still unsure who they will meet when the best-of-seven first round begins on the weekend.

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It’s been the story of DeRozan’s playoff career, for the most part because it’s worked. He’s only a career 39 per cent shooter in the playoffs, compared with the 46.7 per cent he shot this past season. A scorer who makes a living at the free-throw line suddenly looks very ordinary when defenders are disciplined enough to avoid fouling – the past two playoffs DeRozan has got to the line just 4.3 and 6.2 times per game, well off the 8.6 trips to the line he’s managed in the regular season the last two years. In Toronto’s life-and-death struggle to get past the then-seventh-seeded Indiana Pacers a year ago, DeRozan shot a miserable 31.9 per cent over the seven games.

Raptors blow 19-point first-half lead in loss to Pacers .
Paul George scored 18 of his 35 points in the third quarter Tuesday night and the desperate Indiana Pacers rallied from a 19-point, first-half deficit and blew out Toronto 108-90. The Pacers ended a four-game losing streak that saw them slide from a tie for the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference to the very real possibility of missing the post-season.DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto, which had won its previous two.It was an astounding comeback for Indiana, which was so lethargic in the first half it needed an 8-2 spurt just to get within 51-40 at halftime.

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