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DeMar DeRozan thinks he needs to ‘take some acting classes’ after no-calls in Spurs’ loss to Blazers

Spurs, DeMar DeRozan

San Antonio Spurs wingman DeMar DeRozan continues to take subliminal shots at NBA officials following the team’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

On Sunday, DeRozan suggested that perhaps he should take “acting” classes after experiencing what he felt were a series of no-calls in the fourth quarter, including one against Rodney Hood with just 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter:

No doubt DeRozan was also frustrated by his own performance.

After a pair of excellent showings against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic, DeRozan shot just 4-of-15 from the field on Saturday. The four-time All-Star is still shooting above 50 percent from the floor, but he has been slightly less productive this season.

DeRozan has seen a drop in his scoring, rebounding and assist averages, and he is taking nearly two fewer shots per game in comparison to last season.

San Antonio is experiencing a bit of a decline from a team perspective. The Spurs have now lost five straight games after falling to the Trail Blazers, and they have given up at least 111 points in each of the five contests.

Meanwhile, DeRozan continues to be involved in a plethora of trade rumors. He went through a strange back-and-forth during talks on a potential contract extension this summer, and Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported that the Magic have shown some interest in acquiring DeRozan.

Indeed, DeRozan’s dependence on the midrange game might not fit a team that plays inside-out behind LaMarcus Aldridge and perimeter players like Bryn Forbes, Derrick White and Patty Mills.

In the meantime, the Spurs could use a little less “acting” and a little more toughness on the defensive side of the ball. San Antonio currently ranks 26th in defensive rating, according to Basketball-Reference.