DeMar DeRozan annoyed by Toronto Raptors home lossesPosted by Inside Hoops
Here’s the Toronto Sun reporting on DeMar DeRozan, who wants his Raptors to step up in all sorts of ways:
“I’m frustrated, period,” said DeRozan, who also picked up seven rebounds and four assists. “Just losing at home, man. I mean, I hate it. I hate it with a passion and we just have to figure it out and turn it around on the road.”
Easier said than done. After three straight losses at home, the Raptors now embark on a three-game western swing, against Golden State, Phoenix and the L.A. Lakers, starting on Tuesday in Oakland. Playing in the west hasn’t been kind to the Raptors in seasons past.
“It don’t matter where we’re playing man, if we’re home or away. We have to understand that we have to go out there and play hard (all the time),” added DeRozan, who was singularly unimpressed that his team squandered a 15-point first quarter lead. “It doesn’t matter what stage we’re playing on. We’ve just got to go out there and win. We just have to do what our assignments are every night.”
DeRozan, who may make the NBA all-star team this season for the first time in his career, also was unimpressed with his club’s defence and its inability to adjust late in the game.