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DeRozan will not play Thursday vs. Hornets, could return next week

DeRozan needs more time to improve conditioning.

DeMar DeRozan provided an update to reporters on Wednesday with regard to his recovery from a torn adductor. DeRozan’s leg is healed, but he will need more time to regain conditioning after missing more than a month.

It was originally reported by Yahoo Sports that DeRozan would return on Jan. 8 against the Charlotte Hornets. Should DeRozan indeed target a return next week, he would also miss a Saturday Jan. 10 contest against the Boston Celtics. The week thereafter, the Raptors face the Detroit Pistons (winners of 6 straight since waiving Josh Smith), Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans.

Easing DeRozan back into the rotation is a wise move. A shorthanded squad should be able to defeat the Hornets and Celtics (combined record of 23-47).

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