DeRozan's talents shining

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

CHICAGO -- DeMar DeRozan's days of settling and sitting back appear to be over.

The Raptors' ninth overall selection in last year's draft arrived with a Vince Carter-like reputation for high-flying athletics and is starting to show that ability on a nightly basis.

Bulls centre Brad Miller was on the receiving end of both of DeRozan's highlight-reel plays last night in a game in which DeRozan scored all of his 11 points in the first quarter to get the Raptors rolling.

The highlight reel began with a lob from Jose Calderon that Miller appeared to anticipate. But just before it went into Miller's hands, DeRozan floated into the picture and snatched the ball and threw it down in one motion.

DeRozan credited some rudimentary Spanish lessons from Calderon for the perfectly executed alley-oop.

"I think it's because he taught me how to speak Spanish," DeRozan said. "He knows when I say 'amigo' that means we're going for the lob. The chemistry is getting better and better every time out there."

The true key to DeRozan's impact on games lately is his willingness to drive to the hoop.

"I think I was settling for jump shots at the beginning of the season and just getting away from my game which is getting to the basket, getting fouled and getting to the free throw line," he said. "I'm just trying to establish myself that way and get us some easy points."


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