Raptors' DeRozan looks to avoid star struggles

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) is fouled by New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire on...

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) is fouled by New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire on his way to the basket at the Air Canada Centre. (Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:46 PM ET

The Raptors are hoping history doesn’t repeat itself. Again. The franchise doesn’t have much of a playoff pedigree, but what’s happened consistently is Toronto’s star players failing miserably the first time they taste post-season action.

Vince Carter wilted first, shooting a ghastly 3-for-20 (15%) in Toronto’s first-ever playoff game, against the New York Knicks. While he was much better in Game 2 (7-for-13, 27 points), Carter went 5-for-17 (29% shooting) in the finale, as the Raptors were swept. The team’s other future superstar, Tracy McGrady, shot 38.6% from the field for the series.

The next year, Carter opened with another stinker (5-for-22 shooting), but he eventually rounded into form, nearly carrying the Raptors into the Eastern Conference final.


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