TORONTO – DeMar DeRozan was fantasizing about the moment at 24 hours earlier in the report room at the Four Seasons Hotel, only to host it on a packed scene at Scotiabank, which greeted the former Toronto Raptor with standing ovations.
Just as quickly, fantasy went into a harsh reality for DeRozan, with him making a turnover that cost San Antonio Spurs in the game, with 16.9 seconds remaining in the loss of 120-117, which worsened his return to Toronto.
"It made him entertaining, made it a pleasure to go there, play and compete," DeRozan said of his reception from the crowd in his first Toronto game, as the team traded them, Jacob Poeltl, and secured the first round of 201
Creating a dramatic finish is juicier. In fact DeRozan made turns midway through the passing penalty of Sergey Ibaki of San Antonio, who held 117-116 and the best friend Kylie Lowry, who guarded him with Leonard. Leonard quipped how DeOrzan was trying to push his judgment and then rushed another way to flood to give the Raptors 118-117 the edge with the remaining 15.1 seconds.
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"I knew that they were trying to be aggressive and trying to make a game on the monster, and then an evil," DeRozan said. "I still need to be more knowledgeable. I thought I was beaten, but I just had to know that they were going to be aggressive. I saw Kyle [Lowry] hiding. At such moments you try to become aggressive. Try to get theft at first.If you do not, then you will be independent. It's for me to be able to look forward and try to read it. "
DeRozan then is not able to take advantage of the potential opportunity to get into the winning game by shooting the next one. San Antonio's journey down the court. With the protection of Danny Green, DeRozan ran to the rim and seemed to have a clear step on the defender. Instead of shooting, DeRozan broke with Davis Bertan, who did not produce any record on an off-balance 14-foot shot with a whopping 2.8 seconds.
DeRozan finished the game with 23 points and 8 runs in 34 minutes. We just rubbed it, "said Leonard. "Kyle told us we were going to win this game. We all thought we were, and you know that today it was like a playoff. We had to throw it to the end."
t the joy of not only one, but two standing ovations from the side of the crowd, who treated the guard as if he had never left the city. The announced announcer presented the starting lineup of San Antonio, the first challenge of Rudy Gay, another former Raptor, before presenting DeRozan. After Dehorasan was announced, the crowd climbed to his feet and released a loud crash lasting more than 45 seconds. Ovations of the crowd drowned the rest of the player's inputs.
"It was good for him, he deserved it and more," said Gay. "He has done a lot for this city, this organization, and I believe he deserves every greetings he received."
Then the arena immediately became dark, and the crowd still stood and applaud DeRozan, as officials picked up the advertising team.
DeRozan gained more of love from the home crowd when he knocked down the first San Antonio Puffer at night with 10:11 remaining in the first quarter after having foul on Serge Ibaka sent him on a free throw line. DeRozan turned 3-point game, and fans of Raptors cheered.
The second standing Deorozan appearance came from 6:52 in the first quarter during a timeout with spurs at 12-10, when Toronto played the video in his film's honor. The video featured some of DeRozan's main moments, as well as videos of a guardian with daughters, moments at the NBA All-Star Games, several jokes, explicit times with his best friend and former teammate Kylie Lowry, as well as about , when Toronto moved to the 2016 finale of the Eastern Conference.
The arena exploded with applause over the entire video, and the crowd stood for the entire waiting time, even after the video was closed with graphics depicting: "Thank you, Demar." ] "I think it was this very last piece of closure for me," DeRozan said. "The opportunity to come back here, see familiar faces, and remove this burden from my shoulders."
DeRozan went to the courtyard for a short while immediately after video was made to recognize the crowd, and then returned to the bench, the fans stayed on their feet cheering. Dehorasan's second standing performance lasted a little less than two minutes, and when the teams returned to court to resume the game, the crowd was still on their feet, cheering.
"He was a full act of the class as he always is." Greg Popovich said:
After the second ovation, Debo's singing exploded, which lasted for a few seconds. DeRozan was not the only former Raptor-turned-Spur receiving love from fans in Toronto.
From 10:06, remaining in the second quarter, Raptors played a tribute video for Poeltl. And although the reaction to the crowd was not so intense for Poeltl as DeRozan, almost half the arena stood and cheered on the final choice of Raptors No. 9 in the NBA 2016 project.
Picked up by the Raptors Project 2009, DeRozan spent his first nine seasons in Toronto, becoming the leader in all times of franchising in points (13,296), field goals (4,716), committed penalty (3,539), played (675) and victories. DeRozan also earned four trips to the NBA All-Star (2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018) as Raptor, in addition to being named the second All-NBA team in 2018, and the third team in 2017. "It was almost my entire car," DeRozan said. "Returning and receiving reception, as it is, of course, humility, beyond pleasure, and I appreciate it. Walking on the floor [after the game] hit me more than nothing."