Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan is set to return to action next Thursday against the Charlotte Hornets, according to a report from Mark Spears of Yahoo Sports.
DeRozan has missed 17 games after tearing a tendon in his left leg during a Nov. 28 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. In DeRozan's absence, Toronto has gone 11-6 and is a half-game back of Atlanta for first place in the Eastern Conference standings. He participated in practice this week.
“The team’s got a great thing going on so I don't want to feel like I have to rush back,” DeRozan said, according to NBA.com. “When I get back, I want to make sure I’m even better than what I was before I got hurt.”
Prior to suffering the injury, DeRozan had averaged 19.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists while posting a 16.7 Player Efficiency Rating over 16 games. The Raptors will face the Suns in Phoenix on Sunday before hosting the Hornets in the first game of a six-game home stand.