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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Raptors Injury Update: DeMar DeRozan out indefinitely with a torn adductor tendon

By on 11/30/2014 11:30:00 AM

The Toronto Raptors are off to an excellent 13-3 start this season, for a six game lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the Atlantic Division. Heading into today's game against the 3-13 Los Angeles Lakers, there is some concern on the injury front. DeMar DeRozan, who initially was thought to have a groin strain, will be out indefinitely with a torn adductor tendon.

 Picture of DeRozan, following the injury, posted on the Bleacher Reporter Twitter account.
I reported yesterday that DeRozan left Friday's game with a groin strain and would miss today's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

An update on DeRozan, as reported by The Associated Press through CBCSports, is that the injury is more severe than first anticipated. DeRozan was diagnosed with a torn tendon in his groin and there is no timetable for his return.

Doug Smith of added that coach Dwane Casey has a big lineup decision with DeRozan out. He has several alternatives, depending on if he wants more offense or more defense in the starting lineup. Louis Williams would provide a boost offensively, while James Johnson is a defensive presence. Landry Fields could also see additional minutes. It'll be interesting to see what Casey does, but would imagine he'd adjust his lineup according to the opponent.

DeRozan, in his sixth NBA season, is averaging 19.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He's coming off his best season in 2013-2014 when he averaged 22.7 points , 4.3 rebounds and four assists per game. DeRozan has career averages of 16.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 399 games.

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