DeRozan hav­ing a huge week

Sunday Sports - - SPORTS - — Mike Gan­ter

BROOK­LYN — There were a few eye­brows raised when DeMar DeRozan did not get the Eastern Con­fer­ence player of the month hon­ours for De­cem­ber that went in­stead to LeBron James.

Well, with a game still to play in the first week of Jan­uary you can pretty much hand DeRozan the first weekly hon­our of 2018.

Through three games he’s av­er­ag­ing 35.7 points a night, is shoot­ing 55.7% from the field, 55% from be­hind the arc all while av­er­ag­ing six as­sists and two steals and 4.3 re­bounds a night.

In short he has done it all this week.

Fri­day the Bucks were throw­ing two and some­times a third de­fender at DeRozan to start the game and he calmly found the open man.

In the third quar­ter with Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas go­ing to work in­side and putting to­gether that other-worldly 20-point quar­ter, DeRozan got a lit­tle more space and put up as quiet a 14-point quar­ter as one could have.

It’s not like the ex­tra at­ten­tion sur­prised any­one in Toronto.

“They def­i­nitely weren’t go­ing to come in and let him get 52 again and we knew that,” Casey said. “Right off the bat, they were dou­bleteam­ing, com­mit­ting two to the ball and I thought he did a good job of pass­ing it out.”

DeRozan didn’t play a sec­ond in the fourth quar­ter.

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