Raptors' DeMar DeRozan fails to deliver in Game 1 vs. Nets

Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson goes to the basket as Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan plays...

Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson goes to the basket as Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan plays defence in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, April 19, 2014. (TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/USA Today)

Steve Simmons, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:32 PM ET

TORONTO - In the uncomfortable silence of the losing locker room, DeMar DeRozan sat slumped in his chair, still dressed in his uniform, not moving, staring at a post-game statistics sheet.

He didn’t like what he was reading.

He couldn’t really explain the thin numbers that defined his day.

The all-star he was most of the season — the all-star he wants so badly to be — was nowhere to be found in the first NBA playoff appearance of his life, the first appearance for the Toronto Raptors since 2008.

He didn’t make a difference.

He didn’t impress.

He didn’t in any way change the game.

In fact, if you’d never seen a basketball game before and this was your first look at DeRozan, you might walk away wondering what all the fuss has been about.

He made one jump shot against the Brooklyn Nets Saturday afternoon in the noise and confusion that was the Air Canada Centre.

That’s all.


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