DeRozan not getting the calls

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:40 PM ET

With each non-call following a foray to the hoop, the frustration has mounted for Raptors sophomore DeMar DeRozan.

He did a great job managing it all season long, but appears to have had enough, picking up technical fouls in each of his past two outings, doubling his total for the year.

According to DeRozan’s head coach Jay Triano and veteran point guard Jason Kidd, he must bide his time and stay aggressive.

“That’s the game of basketball, you’re not going to get every call, you just have to be patient,” said Kidd, after Dallas defeated Toronto on Sunday.

“For the young guys in this league, you have to be patient and just play through it. If you feel you didn’t get the call, you just have to keep playing.”

DeRozan has shown a willingness to attack the basket that has not been seen from a Raptors swingman for quite some time, but he hasn’t been rewarded for it.

DeRozan is just 38th in the NBA, averaging 4.7 trips to the line a game. In February, he is averaging just 3.45 attempts, including four games without a single free-throw try.

“How he responds to not getting calls will delay his ability to get the calls,” Triano said.

“I would say he’s been excellent, he’s frustrated obviously but (with Andrea Bargnani out vs. Dallas) ... he’s facing the number one defence for the first time in his career.

“It’s great learning for him. You fight through it and get better.”


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