DeRozan taken to school

DeMar DeRozan shoots two from the free-throw line. (Jack Boland/QMI AGENCY)

DeMar DeRozan shoots two from the free-throw line. (Jack Boland/QMI AGENCY)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

BOSTON -- Raptors rookie DeMar DeRozan experienced one of his most trying games as a pro last night.

But the starting shooting guard said that he will gain a lot from the experience, particularly the experience of guarding nine-time NBA all-star Ray Allen, who burned the Raptors for 23 points, along with four assists and two steals.

"He never stops," said DeRozan, who picked up four fouls in the game, three in the first five minutes. "He doesn't play the ball, he plays you. He just sets you up to get you in his comfort zone."

Because of his foul trouble, DeRozan played just over 14 minutes and finished with three points and no rebounds. But Toronto coach Jay Triano wasn't about to dump on his rookie.

"We like everything that he's doing, we like the progression he's making, his work ethic, his attention to detail and we just feel he's going to be a great player," Triano said.


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