DeMar DeRozan Was Trash in Game 3, Like He Always Is in the Playoffs


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The Toronto Raptors depend on DeMar DeRozan to be one of their two best players.

On Thursday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, there's a solid argument he was easily the worst player on the floor, for either squad.

DeRozan failed to connect on a field goal, going 0-of-8 from the field for eight points in 31 minutes. His team was outscored by 23 points with him on the floor, the worst mark in the contest, as the Bucks blew Toronto out 104-77 for a 2-1 series lead in the first round of the playoffs.

The performance is particularly disappointing because DeRozan strung together two solid performances to open the playoffs, bucking a trend that's dogged his entire career—that his productivity plummets in the postseason.

DeRozan is a career 38.9 percent shooter from the field in the playoffs, averaging a hefty 18.9 attempts per game.

The best explanation I can come up with for his poor play come the second season is the same as the argument against betting on James Harden in the playoffs—that he relies so much on drawing fouls that might not come in the more physical playoffs, and that he'll see constant double teams—only on steroids.

Unlike Harden, though, DeRozan can't make room for his teammates with his shooting (22.8 percent from deep in the playoffs for his career) or create for others to compensate for these factors, and is similarly traffic cone-like on the defensive end.

DeRozan signed a five-year, $139 million contract last offseason, which was at the time the second-best deal in league history.