Sports Raptors’ DeRozan says he’s not listening, but he’s still quieting his critics

08:55  03 january  2018
08:55  03 january  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan says hearing from fellow players was “a cool part” of scoring a team-record 52 points on Monday. But DeRozan was so confident in his other abilities that he just went about his business.

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Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, who has been quietly working on his three-point game, has made 20 of 38 attempts from long range over his last seven games.© Rick Madonik Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, who has been quietly working on his three-point game, has made 20 of 38 attempts from long range over his last seven games.

With the best game of his career salted away, and with a number of congratulatory texts and messages read from his phone and the magnitude of the performance still sinking in, DeMar DeRozan wandered away from his stall in the Raptors locker room, looked back over his shoulder and left these bon mots.

“Don’t say I can’t make three-pointers,” he joked.

And off he went to start really thinking about what he had just done: Score more points in any single game than any Raptor ever has while continuing a three-point barrage some may think is out of character for one of the best mid-range scorers in this NBA era.

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But it’s not, really. The three-point shooting has been coming. It’s been kept a bit of a secret but DeRozan knew he had it in him to fire up from afar.

“It’s always something I knew I could do but I felt so comfortable doing the things I felt dominant at and picking and choosing my spots,” said DeRozan, who made five three-pointers as part of his 52-point gem against Milwaukee on Monday night. “It’s one of them things that I know I can do. It’s a matter of me doing it every night.”

DeRozan has been on a three-point binge of late. In his last seven games, dating back to Dec. 20 in Charlotte, he’s shooting an astonishing 53 per cent from beyond the arc, making 20 of 38 attempts. The five he made Monday were the second-most in his career. And seeing that he was a 28-per-cent shooter from long range coming into this season, the turnaround has been drastic.

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He characterized his relationship with Ujiri, whom he still clearly resents for keeping him out of the loop on trade talks, as “done.” “No reason to have a relationship,” DeRozan said .

For his part, DeRozan said his experiences have helped shape how he treats people -- in all walks of life. "This is real stuff," he said . Even if it's just somebody can look at it like, 'He goes through it and he ' s still out there being successful and doing this.' I'm OK with that."

Make no mistake, though. DeRozan had heard the chatter about the so-called deficiency in his game, especially as the NBA moves further and further along the spectrum where three-point shooting rules all. But DeRozan was so confident in his other abilities that he just went about his business.

“You know, I think I’m past that now, listening to what everyone else says, because I know what I work on and how often I work on it,” he said. “Every single night when we don’t play I’m in the gym working on my game, working on things. It was just a matter of me just doing it. Understanding it was something added and not something that was holding me back from the other things I am good at.”

One of the most impressive things about the nine-year NBA veteran is his willingness — and ability — to add aspects to his craft each off-season. It comes through long summer hours in the gym, from tedious time studying how teams defend him and what he can exploit and a basketball IQ that’s top notch.

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“His year-to-year growth has been subtle things,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “One year it was passing, one year it was handling (the ball) out of the double team. We’ve been emphasizing the defensive part, and that’s been slower but it’s still coming. It’s better.

“Now it’s his three-point shot. Every year it’s been something that’s come back in a subtle way. Nothing ever (mind-blowing) or glaring that’s totally different.”

Monday was a perfect example of DeRozan studying what’s done to him and learning from it. In last spring’s playoffs, the Bucks trapped and double-teamed and blitzed DeRozan nearly every time he got the ball and it made Toronto’s series win more difficult than it should have been. Monday, instead of forcing drives, DeRozan either pulled up and shot a three-pointer — he tied his personal high with nine attempts — or made a quick pass to instigate more offence.

“It goes back to our playoff series and all of last year and the things that slowed us down and made it difficult on us,” he said. “You kind of learn from your mistakes and you kind of understand when you get back in those moments how to beat it, how to use it to your advantage. It’s all about experience and that’s a perfect example (Monday) of understanding a team, how they are going to play, how they are coached, how they prepare for you and everything.”

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