Raptors' DeRozan getting a feel for what post-season will be like

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan can't control the ball squeezing through the gap left by...

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan can't control the ball squeezing through the gap left by Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, March 14, 2014. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:28 PM ET

DeMar DeRozan isn’t particularly enamoured by his numbers of late, but he knows in the long run he’ll be better for it.

DeRozan, with 18 games still to play is already getting a heavy dose of what he’ll get once the playoffs roll around and he knows it.

Sunday against the Phoenix Suns, P.J. Tucker supplied the kind of physical brutality that awaits any No.1 scoring option in the post-season.

Tucker was into DeRozan from the opening tip until the final whistle, helping hold the Raptors leading scorer to 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting.

It was a continuation of the added attention he was getting Friday night when the Memphis duo of Tayshaun Prince and Tony Allen held DeRozan to 16 points on 4-of-12 shooting, albeit in a Toronto win.

As far as DeRozan is concerned, it’s all about figuring things out now as opposed to later.


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