DeMar DeRozan vows to get more aggressive after rough Game 1

Raptors' DeMar DeRozan looking serious   after practice.  Toronto Raptor's practice at the Air...

Raptors' DeMar DeRozan looking serious after practice. Toronto Raptor's practice at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont. on Sunday April 20, 2014. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 PM ET

The remainder of a tough Saturday was a long and lonely one for DeMar DeRozan. His first playoff experience did not go the way he wanted.

That’s putting it nicely.

He went 3-for-13 from the field on a bad shooting day — which has happened before — but got worse because he didn’t contribute in other areas.

In those times this year where the team’s leading scorer has not been able to pitch in with his 20 or so points, DeRozan has been a distributor and helped his teammates into the scoring ranks.

That did not occur in Game 1.

DeRozan did not score and he did not assist.

Defensively he talked about getting better on Joe Johnson as the game went on, but in crunch time Johnson was more decoy and Paul Pierce was the dagger — so it hardly mattered.

It’s the type of afternoon that might send any 25-year-old’s head spinning, but to DeRozan’s credit after a tough night he seems to have already put it into perspective.


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