DeRozan continues to add to arsenal
After watching DeMar DeRozan drop more than 30 points on an opponent for the eighth time in nine games this season, Raptors coach Dwane Casey suggested that the game keeps slowing down for the NBA’s leading scorer.
DeRozan, averaging 34.0 points after scoring 33 in the Raptors’ 118-107 victory over the Knicks on Saturday night, agreed.
“Yeah, I always find ways I can be better mentally, physically, skill-wise,” he said. “I always try to find something in the offseason — and during the season as well.”
The outburst put DeRozan in an exclusive club. In the last 50 years, only Michael Jordan, World B. Free and Tiny Archibald have started a season with 30-plus points in eight of the first nine games.
DeRozan was serenaded with chants of “MVP! MVP!” from the Toronto crowd as he put the game out of reach with 26.8 seconds to go.
“We’re just going to keep riding that coattail,” point guard Kyle Lowry said. “We’re going to keep letting him do him. We’re going to rally around him and keep helping him be great.”