Title: DEMAR DEROZAN KEEPS GETTING BETTER, EVEN WITHOUT A 3-POINT SHOT
Date: November 4, 2016
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice Canada, I wrote about DeMar DeRozan getting better each year despite any significant development on his 3-point shot.
With the final minute of the game ticking off the clock and the Raptors leading by seven, the ball found its way into the hands of DeMar DeRozan, as it so often has through Toronto’s first four games. Up against a dwindling shot clock, DeRozan let fly with a 29-footer. It found the bottom of the net—that’s just the way DeRozan’s season is starting—locking down the 10-point victory and the all-star guard’s second 40-point night of the young season.
In the mind of Kyle Lowry, it also took away an unnecessary talking point that’s been attached to DeRozan’s ludicrous start to the season.
“And tonight he hit a three,” Lowry said after the game. “Now y’all can’t say he’s not a 3-point shooter—1-for-2, man. Fifty percent. Y’all can’t get mad at him now. Now what? He scored 40 points and hit a three. What y’all gonna say now?”