DeRozan needs to be more consistent

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)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:08 PM ET

DeMar DeRozan doesn’t want to be known as a one-half wonder.

The Raptors shooting guard has scored 37 points over two games this season. All but four have come in the final two quarters of a win in Cleveland and a loss at home to Indiana.

The sophomore believes he has been too laid back so far early and is looking to change his approach, starting with Friday’s game in Dallas.

“I try to be more passive in the first half, get everybody going, but I might need to do more, help us get going,” DeRozan said after practice on Thursday.

“I love the fourth quarter, it’s fun to me. It’s my job to come out in the fourth quarter and make big plays for the team ... (but) you can put games away early too.”

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey wants to see DeRozan take over entire games.

“We need that approach, that same sense of urgency for four quarters. He has that in him,” Casey said.

“We can’t wait until the fourth quarter to see that DeMar, the all-star. He knows that. He’s got to get it going. He’s got to take it on himself to be aggressive, take shots.”

 

 


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