Raps' DeRozan should keep shooting: Vasquez


A lot of people find fault with DeMar DeRozan’s shot selection. Greivis Vasquez is not one of them.

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Toronto’s backup point guard — inserted as starter Monday in place of Kyle Lowry — is a believer in going with what works and he thinks that the team’s record indicates DeRozan should stick to his guns.

“Deebo is a shot-taking, scoring guard in this league so we need him to take shots,” Vasquez told the Sun Monday, using DeRozan’s nickname.

“Some of those shots, people might not like them, but we do like them and he has to take those shots, he’s our guy and when he makes those shots, we are good and so far it’s working pretty good. We’re still second in the East right? It’s not like we ain’t going to the playoffs. I told Deebo, he’s the franchise and franchise players, sometimes they go through struggles, but that’s when they find their character and he has a big-time character.”

DeRozan is mired in the worst shooting slump of his career, but seems content to try to shoot his way out of it. Earlier this season, the 2014 all-star posted a number of big assist games, usually without many turnovers and the offence was operating in a far more efficient way when that was happening, but the Raptors seem to prefer DeRozan acting like a true-and-true scorer.

You might think it doesn’t make much sense, but it does to them.

“Do we need him to be an assist player? The clear (answer) is not,” Vasquez said. “That’s my job, that’s Kyle’s job, Lou (Williams) at times. We need him to score because guess what? When he scores, then we can get his assists because he’s going to force double teams. But when he struggles to score, we’re all going to struggle to score too because the defence is going to be honest and isn’t going to double-team.”

“He will make the right play. He’s finding people, but we need him to score, his 20, his 22 points, more than him getting his seven or eight assists.”


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