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Michael Grange: Casey says DeRozan will be out tonight vs. NO and tomorrow vs. Celtics. Said there was swelling in ankle after Magic game.
DeMar DeRozan surveyed all that is going on with Toronto Raptors — a three-game losing streak, the team’s longest in more than a full season of NBA games; discombobulating lineups created by injuries; and now his own absence for at least two games — and he did the only thing he could. He figured out a bright side. “When it rains it pours sometimes and . . . once you get through that part of it, it always comes out to be worth it,” DeRozan said Monday, a few minutes after it was announced he would miss games Tuesday and Wednesday because of a sprained right ankle. “That’s how I always look at it. I think I’m just an optimistic type of guy and that’s how I look at everything.”
These days, Toronto Raptors director of sports science Alex McKechnie keeps a red shoelace in his pocket at all times. The Raptors wouldn’t be one win away from their first-ever trip to the Eastern Conference finals without it. During stoppages of play in Game 5, McKechnie treated guard DeMar DeRozan's injured right thumb by wrapping a red shoelace around it.
"It’s not the first time I’ve done it. I’ve done it many, many times," McKechnie said at the team’s morning shootaround Friday before Game 6 at American Airlines Arena. "I think the first thing to understand is that the process is actually a very traditional way of treating injured fingers. It’s used to create pressure and compression. You start very firm and you actually release pressure as you go through (wrapping it). Once it’s completely covered in the string of the shoelace you mobilize the joint so you actually get tissue drainage and mobilization and you get immediate recovery in range (of movement)."
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