DeMar DeRozan is Raptors Player of The Week

DeMar DeRozan is Raptors Player of The Week

Before practice in Toronto on Wednesday, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue showed his team video of the first quarter against Minnesota.

DeRozan scored 25 points as the Raptors lost for the first time in six games and failed to break the franchise record for consecutive home victories. What they have lacked is a knockout punch.

Miami had the ball on the sideline with a hair over three seconds left.

In overtime, with the score tied at 111, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry went up for a rebound and came crashing down like he was wearing a weighted vest.

Delon Wright figures to start any games Lowry misses, with Fred VanVleet taking on a few more minutes, Norman Powell drawing back into the second unit, and Lorenzo Brown being recalled from Raptors 905.

But Dinwiddie scored seven points in an 11-6 run that cut the Nets' deficit to 91-85. The 31-year-old dynamo is not scoring in the neighborhood he inhabited the previous two seasons, entering Monday's game averaging just 16.2 points per night.

January 5th was business as usual as DeRozan and the Raptors continued to roll through the Bucks.

The concerted effort to do the little things and hustle by committee is contributing to Toronto's success this season.

The game's Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 218 points with Toronto opening as a 7.5-point favorite.

In their previous meeting in December, the Nets trailed by as many as 40 points in a blowout loss in Toronto and simply were unable to control DeRozan. This was the eighth time in his career that DeRozan has been named Player of the Week and the third time this season.

"We rely on Kyle for everything he does for us, to be the general out there on the court", shooting guard DeMar DeRozan said after Monday's game. It's still helpful to a certain extent, seeing guys get deflections, draw charges, and contest shots, but its impossible to put visual observations into any sort of broader context.

With possession and final shot, Miami freed up Ellington along the baseline. We can do a better job there. We didn't sit next to each other.

The Raptors have been one of the best home teams in the league this season, going 14-2 straight up (9-7 ATS). While it could merely be a bruise or something that is a painful but temporary setback, the Raptors may play it cautious with their point guard nonetheless.