The first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs has been characterized by unpredictable and close series. Furthermore, both the Eastern and Western conference have had an interesting mix of established teams that are familiar to most fans and teams on the rise that fans are just starting to learn more about.
DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors fall into the latter category, especially considering that their opponents in the first round have playoff fixtures Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on the roster. Trying to help his Raptors hold home court against the Brooklyn Nets in a pivotal game 5, DeRozan came up with a big play early on this steal and breakaway dunk.
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DeRozan has averaged 24.5 PPG so far this series. The Raptors will need more big showings from him if they are going to get past Brooklyn and into the second round.