Labeled as one of the most unclutched players when the game counts. But this time DeRozan saves his best when every second of the game counts. The former All-Star had 17 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in the final quarter of Spurs vs Kings for a total of 27 points on just 13 tries.
For the Spurs which every game counts, DeMar DeRozan wants to help this young team to make better. This is the new Spurs which build for the future. They started a win 129-120 to put a momentum that they need in this eight-game tournament.
With a great adjustment into the rotation, DeRozan played as a four into this Spurs super small ball rotation. The good thing is somebody gonna save his ass on defense. From one to three positions of White, Murray, and Walker they locked in the perimeter. While Jakob Poeltl is waiting in the shaded area. Even they allowed 120 points, it’s only 55 in the second half.
Gregg Popovich employs more than 30 minutes each for Walker, White, and Jakob Poeltl each. The most surprising is Keldon Johnson got 30 minutes who provided a great job for his production. The Spurs got zero minutes for Bryn Forbes who started most the games before.
DeMar DeRozan who started with Forbes recently was burned himself in defense which not his specialty. With the new rotation, DeRozan saves his energy comes off the fourth quarter. He made six of his eight field goals, five of his six free throws on which he grabbed the offensive rebound then sunk long jump shot from the arc. With his aggressiveness, he put Kings’s defense on panic.
When DeRozan continues to build his confidence in this game Spurs will likely have a great chance. A consistent game from DeRozan all 48 minutes is what the Spurs need. With seven games ahead of it and much tougher competition, Spurs is just giving themselves a great time to work out for more improvement with a great result.