DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan fined by NBA for comments made after Raptors' loss to Warriors

derozan-ref-usatsi.jpg
USATSI

DeRozan fined by NBA for comments made after Raptors' loss to Warriors

Following Toronto's 127-125 loss to the Warriors on Saturday night, Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan wasn't happy.

His team had almost erased a 27-point deficit and he felt like the officials were helping the Warriors.

"It's frustrating being out there feeling like you're playing 5-on-8. Some of those calls were terrible, period," DeRozan told reporters after the game.

As you might imagine, the NBA wasn't thrilled with thoses comments and fined DeRozan $15,000 on Tuesday for public criticism of the officiating.

DeRozan's incident is the latest in a long list of greivances between the players and the officials. The two sides met face-to-face in late December and plan to meet again during All-Star weekend in February to discuss the growing tension.

Can Kevin Durant get better? 'He's a guy I've been studying lately'

durant-kevin-derozan-demar-block.jpg
AP

Can Kevin Durant get better? 'He's a guy I've been studying lately'

Hey Kevin Durant -- "Do you think you can still get better and how? Or are you at the point where you have peaked as a basketball player and now you just have to maintain it?"

This was a fan question posed to Durant on The Bill Simmons Podcast.

"I mastered a lot of the game individually," Durant said. "I feel like I've mastered how to score from every area and how to make a shot from every spot on the floor ... but now it's about how many different combinations can I add? I got a lot more to learn.

"Triple moves, footwork. DeMar DeRozan probably got the best footwork I've seen in a long, long time. I've been trying to watch him to see how he does it."

DeRozan averaged a career-high 27.3 points per game last season, while shooting just under 47 percent from the field.

Durant averaged 25.1 points per game last season, while shooting 53.7 percent from the field.

DeRozan shot 26.6 percent from deep. Durant shot 37.5 percent from distance

DeRozan attempted 8.7 free throws per game. Durant got to the line 6.2 times per night.

DeRozan was All-NBA Third Team. Durant took home All-NBA Second Team honors.

"He's just way more athletic than I am first of all, so his body can move a little different," Durant said. "But his pace is amazing.

"He's a guy I've been studying lately just because of his footwork ... I think that's where I can get better -- trying to beat my defender, not off of just length and athleticism."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

NBA Gameday: Warm up the scoreboard for Warriors-Raptors

NBA Gameday: Warm up the scoreboard for Warriors-Raptors

OAKLAND – Eager to shed the bitter memories of a Christmas Day loss in Cleveland, the Warriors return to the court to confront the team many consider the biggest Eastern Conference threat to the Cavaliers.

The Toronto Raptors, who have won 14 of their last 16 games, including the last four in a row, invade Oracle Arena on Wednesday night.

The Warriors (27-5), who play nine of their next 10 games at home, will try to extend to 119 their ongoing NBA record of consecutive regular-season games without back-to-back losses.

Toronto (22-8) is as tough an opponent as the Warriors have faced under these circumstances. Led by guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors own the NBA’s third-best road record (11-3) and have won seven in a row outside Toronto.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 9.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. Lowry -- It’s two premier point guards getting after each other. Curry has been playing below his standard of late, shooting 39.7 percent over his last four games. He tends to recover in spectacular fashion. Lowry is on a roll, scoring 86 points on 62.0-percent shooting over the last three games. If Curry can win this battle, it gives the Warriors a decided edge.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: No injuries listed.

Raptors: F Jared Sullinger (L foot surgery) and G Delon Wright (R shoulder surgery) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Raptors: 8-2.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won the first meeting this season (127-121 on Nov. 16 in Toronto) and have won five in a row, nine of 11 and 17 of the last 21. The Warriors have won 11 straight in Oakland.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

1) Klay Thompson vs. DeMar DeRozan -- Just as Curry-Lowry features All-Star point guards, so does Thompson-DeRozan. DeRozan is the higher-scoring half of the NBA’s most offensively potent backcourt. Adding spice to the matchup is that the two are quite familiar with each other from their high school days in Southern California.

2) Warm up the scoreboard -- One of the few teams able match the Warriors’ offense, the Raptors have failed to reach 100 points only twice this season. The Warriors lead the league in field-goal percentage, and Toronto is second. The Raptors are tops in offensive rating, the Warriors are second.

3) Watch the charity -- The Raptors attack the rim, which is why they’re tied for fourth in free-throw attempts at 25.7 per game. More important, they are No. 1 in made free throws per game, at 20.7. Can the Warriors defend these slashers without fouling?