Saturday January 3rd, 2015

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 MavericksIn 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. 

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“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 “When I get back, I want to make sure I’m even better than what I was before I got hurt.”

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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.

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