Paul Garcia: The Spurs list DeMar DeRozan as questionable, Rudy Gay as questionable, and Trey Lyles as out for Saturday vs Pelicans. DeRozan – right quad contusion Gay – lower back soreness Lyles – ankle
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)."
June 16, 2021 | 7:40 pm EDT Update
Sarah K. Spencer: As expected, Trae Young (right shoulder soreness) is officially available to play tonight. Also: Brandon Goodwin (minor respiratory condition) is out. De’Andre Hunter (right meniscus tear) is out. Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) is out.
Marc Stein: NBA spokesman Mike Bass after criticism of the league schedule from LeBron James: “Injury rates were virtually the same this season as they were during 2019-20 while starter-level and All-Star players missed games due to injury at similar rates as the last three seasons. While injuries are an unfortunate reality of our game, we recognize the enormous sacrifices NBA players and teams have made to play through this pandemic.”
The Orlando Magic have awarded $17 million in design and construction contracts for their AdventHealth Training Center to 33 local minority- and women-owned business enterprises. That amount is significant in that it represents nearly 32% of awarded opportunities, which is above the city’s recommended 24% level for minority- and women-owned business enterprises participation.
The 130,000-square-foot facility will serve as the Magic’s practice and training site. It will be on a nearly 4-acre site at South Division Avenue and West Central Boulevard, one block from Amway Center. Construction began in September and the $70 million facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2022. It was delayed about one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
June 16, 2021 | 6:58 pm EDT Update
Warriors assistant coach Leandro Barbosa said coach Steve Kerr approached him about playing this season and doesn’t know why the opportunity never materialized. Barbosa, who specializes on the Warriors staff in mentoring players, acknowledged that the idea of him returning as a player after three years away from the NBA “wasn’t a joke at all” when injuries decimated the team’s rotation while the Warriors were in the playoff hunt.