May 9, 2016, 8:52 pm
DeMar DeRozan shot 4-for-17 from the field and 1-for-4 from the line for nine points with three rebounds in the Raptors 87-94 loss to the Heat in overtime on Monday.
DeRozan was so awful that Raptors coach Dwane Casey benched him for nearly the entire fourth quarter. He checked out with just over three minutes remaining in the third, only to be forced back in after Kyle Lowry fouled out with under two minutes to go in regulation. He is turning in an awful postseason and can’t be trusted with his high DFS prices.
Instead, Casey chose Terrence Ross (14 points, three treys, three boards and one assist in 27 minutes) down the stretch and nearly pulled it off. The bench was big as Cory Joseph (14 points, one rebound and one assist in 36 minutes) missed the game winner at the end of regulation. Joseph and Ross were a major reason why the Raptors were in the game since their stars were cold.
The Raptors travel back home with the series tied 2-2. Game 5 is on Wednesday.