The cut of the All-Star Game did not slow down DeMar DeRozan! Against the Hawks, the Bulls winger signed an 8th game in a row with 35 points and more, and we will remember his new “winning basket” scored 15 seconds from the end. DeMar DeRozan has been on a cloud for three weeks, and it does not come down! Tonight, he planted 37 points, including 12 in the last quarter, and he extended his crazy series of matches to 35 points and more at 50% on shots and more. A simple look at this series makes you dizzy:
- 45 pts, 9 rbds, 7 pds, 60% on shots
- 38 pts, 5 rbds, 4 pds, 59% on shots
- 36 pts, 5 rbds, 4 pds, 68% on shots
- 35 pts, 6 rebounds, 6 wt, 63% on shots
- 38 pts, 6 rbds, 5 pds, 50% on shots
- 40 pts, 3 rbds, 7 pds, 67% on shots
- 38 pts, 6 rebounds, 6 wt, 59% on shots
- 37 pts, 6 rebounds, 3 pds, 71% on shots
” It’s a ‘smooth criminal’” summarizes Tristan Thompsonauthor of a great first in the jersey of Chicago. “With him, the basket looks as wide as Lake Michigan. “
“What I like about him is that he knows when he needs to be a little personal”
Beyond the stats and the visual impression, there is efficiency since the Bulls remain on six straight wins, and they have recovered first place in the Eastern Conference. His leadership and his experience rub off on the whole group, and especially the youngest, like Ayo Dosunmu.
“What we witness is something we will remember for a long time” assures the Bulls rookie. “He wants to win, and he does the right thing all the time! What I like about him is that he knows when he needs to be a little personal, and when you need a basket. He is always there for us. “
As “clutch” as a Chris Paul, DeMar DeRozan has scored 120 points this season in the last five minutes and possible overtime in close matches. Only Joel Embiid does better (126 points). And he does it on 56% shooting, the best percentage in the NBA.
“When you lose in these moments, you have to take responsibility” explains the interested party. “I love those times. I like this challenge. I like this opportunity. It’s just fun for me. “
For Tristan Thompson, who has just arrived, DeMar DeRozan has the caliber of an MVP. “I’ve played with some of the best players, and when it’s money time, we give them the ball and they make things happen. He does this every night! There is greatness behind that. You have to appreciate it and take advantage of it. “