Sunday was the return of Demar Derozan to the Air Canada Centre since being traded to the San Antonio Spurs as a part of the visiting team. Before the game, there was a video tribute to DeRozan as a part of the 25th anniversary of the franchise. And not just that, but he also got a hero’s welcome by the 19,000 plus fans the cheered his name as he came out on the floor during the pre-game intros. He was the franchise player the Raptors were always needed.
I feel now that Demar has moved on he was something to prove especially to his former team the Raptors, that’s why I think Sunday’s win against his old team was extra special for him. The Raptors, on the other hand, should and could have won this game as not only did they have the lead in this game, but they also had two of the injured players return in Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell who helped the Raptors take an 82-69 lead to begin the fourth quarter.
But the Spurs won the game 105-104. My only question when it comes to his overall game is, can he lead the Spurs to a championship? Or DeRozan continues to be invisible when it matters in the playoffs? I guess only time will tell because I feel like he has all the tools to be a champion, but for some known reason when it comes to the playoffs, the pressure always seems to get the better of him. Demar needs to be the proverbial leader of the Spurs if he wants any shot at winning a championship.
The other aspect of Demar’s games I would like to see more from him is his ability to take over a game, I mean he has shown flashes of it just not enough to be a game-changer. I would like to see it consistently. DeRozan has the talent and the tools to lead a team to a championship, but for that to happen, Demar needs to change his style of play and be more aggressive.