Raptors come up small in Boston
No one will argue Demar Derozan taking an open look at the top of the free throw line for the win. Not even Derozan fading away to make that shot. He has practised it countless times, made it countless more and this time it didn’t go in as the Raptors came up on the short end of a 95-94 loss to the Celtics in Boston.
As Kyle Lowry pointed out after the game, stretching out the word “every” for full effect he will “roll with that shot every time.”
Derozan was no less confident in his own abilities.
“Man, great look,” he said. “I make that in my sleep. Felt good, I thought it was going to roll in, but you know, it didn’t.”
The easy leap to make here is that once again with the game on the line, the Raptors went the predictable route eschewing all that talk about philosophical changes to the offence.
The point is though, this is not going to change. The Raptors are going to “ride or die” as the kids say these days with their best shooters down the stretch. That was always going to be the case and it will be the case until someone comes along who is a better scoring option than Derozan or Lowry depending on who is holding the hot hand at the moment.
Right now that hot hand belongs to Derozan.
The share-the-ball edict is still very much in effect. Just don’t expect that egalitarian approach in crunch time.
“I thought it was a great look,” head coach Dwane Casey said. “He shook him, he was wide open, he vaulted up. I’ll take that look 999 times out of a thousand. He came up short.