Pacers coach Carlisle on DeRozan: 'Hard guy not to foul'

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago Bulls' DeMar DeRozan (11) drives against New York Knicks' Alec Burks (18) during the second half Sunday in Chicago. Chicago won 109-103.

    Chicago Bulls' DeMar DeRozan (11) drives against New York Knicks' Alec Burks (18) during the second half Sunday in Chicago. Chicago won 109-103. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 11/22/2021 9:06 PM

Indiana coach Rick Carlisle pointed out before the game DeMar DeRozan leads the NBA in made free throws with 124 in 17 games. Miami's Jimmy Butler leads in made free throws per game at 7.6, while DeRozan is at 7.3, but Butler has missed a few games with injuries.

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the league in free throw attempts per game at 10.4, but he's shooting just 68.7%, compared to DeRozan's 89.2.

 

"He's a great player," Carlisle said. "He's a hard guy not to foul. He seduces you with the pump fakes, getting into the air. It's a huge point of emphasis going into this game, but as always, much easier said than done."

DeRozan and Zach LaVine has been a productive duo in the fourth quarters this season, often with LaVine hitting shots and DeRozan getting to the foul line. DeRozan talked about his new teammate after Sunday's game.

"I've never played with a player like Zach before," DeRozan said. "The things he's capable of doing offensively is intimidating at times, how easy he can do the things he can do. It's fun. It heightens my level to want to go out there neck and neck with him competing and helping this team win.

"We make it fun with one another. When I played with Kyle (Lowry in Toronto), he taught me a lot. He was older than me. Kind of the roles being reversed, me just trying to teach Zach as much as I've learned being in the league. It's definitely been a fun thing."

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White keeps up fight:

Coby White credited his family for helping him push through the setback of shoulder surgery this summer. In his fourth game back, White finally broke loose, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over New York.

"I've been going through stuff my whole life," said White, whose father passed away when he was in high school. "Growing up where I grew up, where I came from. My parents are resilient, my brother's resilient, my sister's just resilient.

"I think my whole family kind of defied the odds of a typical family from Goldsboro, North Carolina, living in a single-wide trailer growing up. So I feel like for me, my whole life I had to fight and I'm going to continue to fight."

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