Raptors Star DeMar DeRozan To Miss Games Vs. Spurs & Grizzlies

Matthew Jordan

Monday, January 23, 2017 9:01 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 9:01 PM UTC

The marquee matchup of Tuesday night in the NBA is clearly when San Antonio visits Toronto in what is a potential NBA Finals preview. However, the Raptors will be missing their best player and one of the league's top scorers in DeMar DeRozan.

On Sunday, the Raptors perhaps were caught looking ahead to facing the Spurs as Toronto was stunned at home by Phoenix, 115-103 for its third straight loss. The Suns, one of the West's worst teams, completed the unlikely season sweep of the East's second-best club. Raptors coach Dwane Casey still had All-Star DeMar DeRozan in the game with under two minutes left and that was a mistake as DeRozan left with 1:30 to go after rolling his ankle on a teammate's foot. DeRozan did led the team with 22 points.

The Raptors already have ruled him for both Tuesday's game against the Spurs and Wednesday at the Memphis Grizzlies. The good news is DeRozan isn't an a walking boot and will be re-evaluated before Friday's game against Milwaukee. DeRozan is sixth in the NBA in scoring at 27.9 points per game. He also adds 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

With DeRozan out, the spread was affected for Tuesday against San Antonio, the second-best team in the West. The Spurs opened at -2.5 on NBA odds even though they will be playing the second of a back-to-back after visiting Brooklyn on Monday. Coach Gregg Popovich usually rests a key guy or two in the second of a back-to-back on the road. Tony Parker missed a third straight game Monday. Pau Gasol broke his finger last week and is out. Manu Ginobili also sat vs. the Nets due to back spasms.

Toronto was blasted in San Antonio 110-82 on Jan. 3. Kyle Lowry, who will really have to carry the offensive load with DeRozan out, was limited to just six points. The Spurs shot 55 percent from the field and had 32 assists on 43 field goals. Parker had 15 points and eight assists. DeRozan led Toronto with 26 points. The Raptors have covered the past two meetings on NBA picks in Toronto.  The Raptors have 11 wins vs. Western Conference teams – the most in the East this season.

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