The series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers will have a Game 7. The Toronto Raptors are just waiting on who they’ll face in the next round. If DeMar DeRozan is concerned, Pacers or Cavaliers — it doesn’t matter much.
Per Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun, DeRozan was asked who he prefers to face in the next round. He responded:
DeRozan on next opponent: “It doesn’t matter. I don’t care.”
— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) April 28, 2018
In five playoff games so far, DeRozan has been logging in 28.8 points per game , five assists, and 3.6 rebounds. He is also shooting 45.2 percent from the field. He seems to be locked in — ready to face whoever team moves up.
He needs to muster everything up. As one of the stars of the team, much is expected from him. DeRozan has had a few bad games in their playoff run so far, including a measly 16-point outing in their last game against the Washington Wizards.
In one of their losses against the Wizards, DeRozan was aware that his poor shooting nights had a major impact. He told the Toronto Sun:
“I blame myself for a lot of mistakes, for a lot of forced shots late in the game,”
DeRozan explained after watching film at the BioSteel Centre on Monday morning.
“Mental mistakes, turnovers, late-game execution, stabbing in the backcourt in transition late in the game. A lot of things.”
Hopefully, come the Eastern Conference semifinals, DeRozan will finally figure out and clean up on his mistakes. Both the Pacers and the Cavaliers are capable teams. And the Raptors have a history of faltering under pressure. Maybe this time, DeRozan will forget those bad games behind and concentrate on the present.