SAN ANTONIO – Guarding San Antonio Spurs DeMar DeRozan emerged from the floor in front of Dallas Mavericks Bank, noting that he would not get another chance after a misfire on what might have been the winner at the end of the regulation. 19659002] "I have a great view," DeRozan said. "I was mad at myself for missing, but I said if I got that opportunity again, I would not miss a big shot later in the game, I did not."
DeRozan teamed up 3-by-3 in extra time on Monday, hitting San Antonio's last three field goals and snapping three rebounds to a 34-point performance in the Spurs' lead at the Mavericks 113-108 to punctuate. The night marked DeRozan's third campaign this season, scoring 30 points or more, and it continued to solidify as the club drew nearer last season. Former Spurs Kawhi Leonard had to suspend all nine games due to a quadriceps injury.
It is a role that DeRozan enjoys.
"I just come in and do my job," he said. "My job was getting closer."
Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge and recently retired Manu Ginobili alternated in this role last season, but the addition of DeRozan offers San Antonio a deadly leadership option to close contests and provide Spurs coach Gregg Popovich with further options on the track ,
"He's a really good player and he loves those moments," said Popovich of DeRozan. You know, Michael [Jordan] did not do every shot at the end of a game, but there are very few people who want to be in that position all the time, and he's one of those people that loves it. Rudy was really that guy for us last year. He and LA [Aldridge]. But now we can choose between a few guys. We did not have that.
DeRozan ranks second in the NBA in the clutch time (21
After lying on the Back with one arm covered his face in disappointment for a missing one With an 11-foot fadeaway from the corner to final regulation, DeRozan finally stood up with the help of Gay. "Seconds before, Patty Mills told DeRozan to win the game," and I missed the shot, "he said," I told him I would not miss the next. "
Or the next two, in fact, DeRozan pulled down three rebounds to start his overtime tear , and then hit out 19 feet to bring the Spurs to 107-102. His next two buckets came on a moving layup and a 20-foot step-back jumper.
DeRozan said that when he did played in Toronto, former Raptors coach Dwane Casey "Before each season, a cue card was" closer "to me.
DeRozan did justice to the Mavericks.
"It really does make it bigger in the fourth round," said Spurs point-watcher Bryn Forbes, "that's something I've noticed so far. Defenses must change the way they watch so other people can get wide-open shots. "
In this case, DeRozan took three of San Antonio's eight shots in overtime, and he emptied each of them Gay three points and Aldridge contributed the other two points to the free throws.
DeRozan finished the game with an assist before his third double of the season.
"It's just what he does. I'm not surprised when he does it, "Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of DeRozan," I thought many of them were well defended, but he's just a top athlete who just passes over you. "
The Spurs are 4 this season : 0 in games that have gone into the clutch time wins in the NBA.
"It's fun, and you work extremely hard to be in that position," DeRozan said, "When you work to get in." to be in this position, mu Are you going to prove that you can be in this position? For me, that's what I feel most comfortable with. I have been there countless times. For me, I see only one thing, and that's a win. "