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
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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
Michael C. Wright: DeMar DeRozan is out per Pop.
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
Paul Garcia: Pop says DeMar DeRozan will play tonight against the Clippers.
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.
Rick Noland: DeMar DeRozan will play
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.”
Ryan Wolstat: DeMar DeRozan limping around at practice facility.
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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September 21, 2021 | 2:49 am EDT Update
Who would Wolves staff consider to be early candidates for the most improved player on the roster? 2) Do the Wolves see McKinley Wright IV as a sort of “Pat Bev-in-training”? 3) Will there really be a concerted effort to apply full-court defensive pressure? — @Tresio The two players I have heard a lot of buzz about looking great in workouts: McDaniels and (drum roll, please) … Russell. Sounds like he is locked in right now.
The 21-year-old guard should thrive in pick-and-roll action with Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley as rim rollers, while the addition of Lauri Markkanen, who shot 40.2 percent from downtown last season, will help space the floor and open pick-and-pop opportunities. “I think Garland’s kind of gotten lost in the shuffle in terms of people knowing who he is because of Colin Sexton,” an NBA scout opined. “If he stays healthy, I like picking him.”
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I have heard A-Rod and the new ownership is bully on the Wolves. What major moves do you predict they will make to improve the product in the next couple years? — @SPORTSviKINGs17 So far, it appears like the immediate target is just modernizing things, bringing a franchise that has often been at the back of the pack to more of the cutting edge when it comes to technology and innovation — that sort of thing. Of course, the main goal will be to make the Timberwolves more competitive on the floor, but I think there is a real emphasis on everything around the basketball, as well. What can be done to change the perception of the organization? They are taking a long look at culture and values and defining characteristics. Those might seem like mumbo jumbo to dyed-in-the-wool hoop heads, but those are things that Lore and Rodriguez are very familiar with in their other businesses. They can dive in on them right away as they work to get up to speed on the intricacies of basketball, the collective bargaining agreement and the team in general.