DeMar DeRozan hasn't exactly turned into a bully since the NBA's all-star break, but a subtle change in his attitude has paid handsome dividends for the Raptors shooting guard.

DeRozan's scoring has gone up because he's initiating contact, an aggression borne out of maturity and a still-growing body.

In the past seven games he has been to the free-throw line 52 times, making 42, and had more than 17 points in six of those seven outings — all because he says he's more willing to hit and not at all reticent about being hit.

"When I drive, I always look at the defender's feet, how they're coming at me (and) I try to hit them before I let the shot go," he said. "I used to try and go up and shoot a floater or something and try to get hit. Now I try to hit him first in the air, before he hits me, and try to finish after that, hope they give me a call."