Tom Orsborn: DeRozan says he'll return Friday at Utah after missing the two games before the break with back spasms. “I’m perfect. I’m back. No problems. No issues… Last couple of days, I’ve felt great. Best I’ve felt all season." Said he hurt his back while warming up in Denver on Feb. 10.
Tom Orsborn: After sitting out a few games, DeMar DeRozan says he's feeling the best he has in weeks. "Couple of years ago, I'd be playing. Just trying to be smart. Down the road, I don't want to have anything nagging or bugging me. I want to be as fresh as possible down the stretch." #Spurs
RJ Marquez: Popovich confirmed DeMar is OUT tonight for Spurs vs #Suns...when asked about his progress, said he’s working on it...”when he’s ready, he’ll be ready.” #ksatsports #KSATnews #NBA
RJ Marquez: Spurs announce LaMarcus Aldridge is AVAILABLE for game vs #Pelicans...DeRozan and Bertans are out. #ksatsports #KSATnews #NBA
Tom Orsborn: Pop said DeMar did not tweak his knee in Philly, that it's more of a "wear and tear" issue: "Bumps and bruises, (needs) a little bit of rest." #Spurs
Tom Orsborn: As expected, DeMar DeRozan is listed as probable for Sunday vs. the Clippers after missing Friday's win at Minnesota with a sore left ankle. DeRozan said afterward that "without a doubt" he would return Sunday. Walker, Eubanks, Moore and Metu are all out on G League assignments.
Tom Orsborn: Pop indicated DeMar will return Sunday: "I think so. He has a lot of bumps and bruises. He came in stiff tonight. His thigh has been hurting and his ankle. He has been playing a lot of minutes, more than most people and it seemed better to let his body recover tonight." #Spurs
Tom Orsborn: Pop on #Spurs overcoming DeMar's absence: "Guys stepped up and that's always satisfying. We stuck in there. We got down nine in the second half and we kept playing. Thank heavens and NBA game is 48 minutes. Keep playing and anything can happen."
Tom Orsborn: DeRozan is out due to left ankle soreness, per #Spurs. Gasol will replace him in the starting lineup.
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors held DeRozan out of practice today, a precaution after he bumped his knee late in Saturday's game. Doesn't sound like a serious thing
Mike Ganter: Not good news: DeMar Derozan favouring his right hand after that missed attempt at the rim.
Josh Lewenberg: DeRozan returns tonight vs Clippers. No minute restriction, Casey says. Patterson is still out with his knee injury - He's day-to-day
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)."