And this fine defensive possession from Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs when De Rozan got into stance, stayed in front of Le Bron James and forced the four-time NBA MVP into his help that resulted in a slight bobble before James tried to put up again only to see his attempt get swatted from behind by a recovering De Rozan.
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A pretty ugly look, especially when you take into consideration he’s more often than not just defending jumpers.
Some particularly bad matchups that stood out were ones against the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George and Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson.
It’s tough to say definitively, but when it comes down to it both history and data says he will not.
With that said, De Rozan has made a career out of proving his naysayers wrong, so maybe this is just another chance for him to #Prove Em.
Toronto Raptors guard De Mar De Rozan (10) looks up at the scoreboard late in the second half NBA playoff basketball action against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Toronto on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
(Frank Gunn/CP) The Toronto Raptors’ 2018 Summer League experience is over with the club falling to – who else? Here’s the case for and against De Rozan being able to meet the challenge his coach has set out for him.
Just take a look at how he listens to teammate Kyle Lowry’s cry for help and recognizes Bradley Beal is about to be wide-open for three until De Rozan shuts that down by quickly rotating over and contesting the shot during Game 6 of the Raptors’ first-round series with the Washington Wizards this past spring.
Or like in this clip when he picks up a driving Giannis Antetokounmpo in transition – one of the scariest sights in basketball –and forces the Greek superstar into a contested lay-up without fouling.
– the Cleveland Cavaliers in the tournament quarter-finals. De Rozan’s difficulties on defence are nothing new, so it’s not like the skepticism towards him being able to check elite wing players is unwarranted.