For the fifth time this season, and the second time in as many weeks, DeMar DeRozan has been named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Back to back.— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 12, 2018
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As you’d expect for someone given this award, DeRozan was really damn good this week (the award was for March 5 to 11). As the Raptors went 4-0, he averaged 24.8 points per game on 45% shooting, with 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists to round things out.
In a marquee matchup with the Western Conference’s best team, DeRozan scored 23, grabbed seven rebounds and was a +8. He also dropped 42 in a highly entertaining overtime win against the Pistons, punctuated by this nearly-game-winner with under ten seconds left.
DEMAR DEROZAN— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) March 8, 2018
AND THE FOUL pic.twitter.com/BC7od3h8TC
Toronto is riding high, as they’ve won eight straight with the opportunity for more against some mediocre teams. Once again, DeRozan has been the focal point of all that success — even as Kyle Lowry rose up next to him in some big performances this week.
Prove ‘em, indeed.