Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan left Friday's game against the Dallas Mavericks with a left groin strain.
DeRozan injured himself while driving to his right toward the Raptors' baseline. He slipped, and appeared to be in pain once he hit the ground. He exited the game with zero points on 0-for-8 shooting, four rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes.
DeRozan, 25, leads Toronto in points per game (20.7) and minutes per game (34.5). The sixth-year veteran made his first All-Star appearance last season for a Raptors team that reached the playoffs for the first time since 2007-08. He's is in the second year of the four-year, $38 million extension he signed with the Raptors in 2012.
Toronto is 13-3 on the season, leading the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls by three games.The Raptors are off Saturday before traveling to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Sunday for the first of a three-game road trip.
- Mike Fiammetta