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DeMar DeRozan sits away from team on bench during timeout

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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.

DeMar DeRozan dunks all over Kyle Singler (Video)

DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is one of the more explosive leapers in today’s NBA. Attempting to take a charge when he takes flight or trying to block one of his dunks generally doesn’t end well for the defender.

Timofey Mozgov found that out last year.

Late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game between the Raptors and Detroit Pistons, it was Kyle Singler who ended up on the wrong end of a highlight when (for some unknown reason) he decided it would be a good idea to jump with DeMar DeRozan. The result was DeRozan dunking all over the former Duke star and an excited broadcast team of Jack Armstrong and Matt Devlin.

At this point, it was already too late to reconsider.

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DeMar DeRozan’s Situation Makes the One-and-Done Rule Look Good

Ordinarily I’d prefer to see athletes who enroll in college stay more than just one year. As Bob Knight said, the one-and-done makes a mockery of the system because it’s a joke for the student-athlete. All these athletes need to do is make grades for one semester, play ball, and then they get to drop out after that to prepare for draft camps. When you look at it that way, you realize the system winds up making the university look even worse for accepting the player. Normally that’s how I feel about players leaving early, but there are rare exceptions. USC freshman forward DeMar DeRozan falls under that category. While it looks like he’ll be joining teammates Daniel Hackett and Taj Gibson by leaving early for the draft, DeRozan has the best reason of all for his choice:

DeRozan’s decision was hardly a surprise because of his family’s health issues. His mother, Diane DeRozan, suffers from lupus.

“Overall, I think I’m in a great position for the draft,” DeRozan said. “I’m also in a great position to do something for my family.”

The decision was a difficult one, said his father, Frank DeRozan: “DeMar was torn between going into the draft and staying at USC. He wants to stay, but his mom is real sick.”

Now it can be said that DeRozan’s decision also coincides with his explosion towards the end of the season including being the star of the Pac-10 tournament. Even if that is the case, I actually am happy for a guy who will be able to leave for the professional ranks in an effort to make some money to take care of his family. Depending on how ill his mother is, a year could make a big difference. I hope he’ll find a team that can pay him some decent money and that he can reciprocate with good play on the court. Oh, and Draft Express has him as a top-10 pick, not too shabby.