DeMar DeRozan talks about confrontation with Goran Dragic
Immediately following a heartbreaking loss for the Toronto Raptors at the hands of the Miami Heat, in which Wayne Ellington scored a game-winning layup with just 0.3 seconds left, things got a little heated between DeMar DeRozan and Goran Dragic.
In a video posted on Bleacher Report’s official Twitter account, which can be viewed below, the two players had to be separated by teammates and coaches.
Scuffle #2 in Raptors-Heat: Dragić and DeRozan exchange words after the game 👀 pic.twitter.com/LGzLW3WA9W
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 10, 2018
Speaking to reporters after the game, DeRozan opened up about the incident with Dragic:
“He must have thought I was trying to hit him or something after I shot the (final) shot, but I don’t know,” DeRozan said. “I didn’t have no problem with it at first until he looked at me, so who knows? That’s a question you probably gotta ask him.”
It was tight contest where tempers really flared up, but Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said during his postgame press conference that his team really blew it down the stretch with missed opportunities.
“We always focus on the last few possessions but the stuff was building up, the lack of ball movement, spacing, cutting, playing with force, we didn’t do it,” coach Dwane Casey said the game. “We dug ourselves a hole, shot ourselves in the foot.”
DeRozan had a game-high 25 points and the basket that gave the Raptors an 89-88 lead with 3.1 seconds left in regulation. However, DeRozan sorely missed his Raptors teammate in point guard Kyle Lowry, whose status is day-to-day with a lower back injury following a scary fall during Monday night’s overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
“I mean, the whole game is completely different without Kyle. It’s everything. Everything,” DeRozan, who had 25 points, including a basket with 3.1 seconds left that gave Toronto an 89-88 lead. “You can kind of tell with our ball movement wasn’t all the way there like it normally be when Kyle’s out there. Like I said, he’s a general on the floor. He sees things when they need to be called. That’s no excuse.”
The Raptors, who had a five-game winning streak snapped by the Heat, had previously won 12 consecutive home games at Air Canada Center before Tuesday night’s loss.