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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.

By SI Wire
January 03, 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 NBA.com. “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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