As the Toronto Raptors get ready to take on the Brooklyn Nets Monday night, they will have to do it without one of their best players. DeMar DeRozan did not make the trip to Brooklyn with the team and will miss the game with an ankle injury. DeRozan suffered the injury in the first half of Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. After going up for a jump shot, he landed awkwardly on Clippers forward Hedo Turkoglu's foot and began to roll on the ground in pain. DeRozan finished the first half and started the second half, however he had to leave the game just a couple of minutes into the third quarter and did not return.
DeRozan is averaging a team-best 21.8 points per game this season. He had scored 20 or more points in four straight games prior to the injury and was coming off of strong back-to-back performances of 40 points and 34 points respectively. His presence will be missed, but the Raptors do have talent to fill in for him temporarily.
Second-year guard Terrence Ross scored a career-high 51 points on Saturday night, tying a Raptors franchise record. Ross has shown potential of what he is capable of throughout the first year and a half of his NBA career, but Saturday was hopefully his coming out party and a sign of things to come.
In other injury related news, Patrick Patterson (broken nose) did travel with the team and is expected to play Monday night. Tyler Hansbrough will once again be a game-time decision as he continues to heal from an ankle injury he suffered almost a month ago.
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