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Friday, May 25, 2018

DeMar DeRozan sits away from team on bench during timeout

DeMar DeRozan bench

DeMar DeRozan sat away from his teammates during a timeout amid a tight fourth quarter in Game 2 of the Toronto Raptors’ playoff game with the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, but he said after the game he was just frustrated.

DeRozan was 7-of-19 for 20 points at the time, but he had committed five fouls and was subbed out with around seven minutes left in the game. He didn’t check back in until the 3:47 mark, but he made back-to-back baskets to break an 85-all tie. The timeout was taken with 5:43 left.

The Raptors won the game 100-95 to tie the series at 1-1, thanks largely to 17 from DeRozan in the fourth quarter.

After the game, he told NBA TV what happened.

“Just frustrated that I had five (fouls) and I couldn’t be out there with my team,” DeRozan said.

He certainly made up for it when he got back in the game, because he closed like Mariano Rivera.

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