WASHINGTON, D.C. - DeMar DeRozan doesn’t need to look at a boxscore to know what has to happen.
DeRozan knows his team needs him to score and he knows the 31 combined points over the past four games just aren’t going to cut it.
“I just got to play better,” DeRozan said after an 11 point game that saw him hit just one of his first 10 field goal attempts.
“I take a lot of the (blame) when we’re not doing as well because I got to step up and start being consistent on both ends of the floor.”
The offensive drought is the biggest surprise as it was only five games ago that DeRozan was being praised for a more consistent jumper and his much-improved range on that jumper.
DeRozan sounds confident the offence will come.
“We still haven’t caught our rhythm yet,” DeRozan said. “We’re not flowing yet. We show spurts of it in games, but we just have to get everyone involved to where we are all feeding off each other. Sometimes we lean on (Bargnani) a lot. We need to be able to take the pressure off (Bargnani) and have everyone contribute from the starters to the bench.”
Head coach Dwane Casey wouldn’t mind a little more offensive output from DeRozan but what concerned him Tuesday night, with regards to DeRozan, was that his shooting guard let his rough offensive night affect his defensive intensity as well.
“He shot 4-for-16 and like most young players it carried over to the defensive end,” Casey said. “We can’t let that happen. There are going to be nights when you’re not going to shoot the ball well and you have to continue to attack the basket and go from there. But again, he’s a young player, he’s going to be up and down and I expect this. That’s who he is right now.”