Friday, December 9, 2022



NBA – The man with the last play: DeMar DeRozan



The shooting guard returned to score for the Chicago Bulls when he sounded the buzzer and is the sensation of the NBA. He was ruled out by the Los Angeles Lakers and now enjoys fulfillment in a team that is on a roll.

DeMar DeRozan did it again: with seconds remaining until the buzzer sounded, the guard took the ball from the edge of the paint, shot 3 and scored to give the Chicago Bulls the victory 120-119 against the Washington Wizards.

The game against those of the capital was very difficult. Chicago was down at all times, but the Bulls had the ace up their sleeve. DeMar finished the game with 28 points and 12 rebounds. His pairing with Zach LaVine wreaked havoc this regular season and puts his team as the leader of the Eastern Conference.

DeRozan himself had done it the day before. When his team fell to the Indiana Pacers and time was running out, he commanded the attack and fooled everyone. DeMar stepped out of the paint and pitched. As the ball fell towards the ring, the buzzer sounded and the ball went in to the delirium of all his teammates.

DeRozan hadn’t even tried a 3-point shot in the game against Indiana. Although the percentage of success of him from that distance this season is 33%. A high number for any player other than Stephen Curry.

He is the first player in NBA history to score two buzzer-beaters in 24 hours or consecutive days. Irv Bemoras and Larry Bird did it in 48 hours and with a day in between. Unnecessary data, but one that reflects the incredible and impossible that the Bulls player made with his game winners. What is striking is that one was in 2021 and another in 2022.

DeMar DeRozan didn’t have a good start to the season and not by game. The guard is a recognized Los Angeles Lakers fan and always dreamed of playing in the franchise. Everything indicated that they would sign him to complete the Big Three with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but Russell Westbrook appeared at the last minute and the Lakers opted for him.

The dream was cut short and the Chicago Bulls appeared. DeRozan was always an underrated player: he has been averaging more than 20 points per game for 9 seasons. History allowed him to take revenge on the Lakers. On December 19, he scored 38 points for his team’s victory over Los Angeles. Even more than LeBron. In the last quarter he signed a total of 19. A complete madness to retaliate and enjoy the present that catapulted him to be a candidate to win the ring of the season.

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