Raptors will get a break after the all-star break, too

DeMar DeRozan is still not 100% after badly spraining his ankle before the team's recent West Coast...

DeMar DeRozan is still not 100% after badly spraining his ankle before the team's recent West Coast swing. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:47 PM ET

The all-star break can’t come soon enough for these Raptors.

Battered, bruised, but still holding on in third place in the East, the walking wounded, of which there are many, are desperate for a rest.

Understandable really, since Toronto’s schedule has been one of the most gruelling and difficult of any team’s so far this season. That’s all going to change following the all-star break, with things easing up significantly. But first, games with the New Orleans Hornets and Atlanta Hawks (just half a game back of Toronto) have to be taken care of.

Amir Johnson will play, even though he’s battling a painful ankle bruise because he says he can go and because head coach Dwane Casey says: “I’d rather have a three-quarter Amir (than not have him at all).”

According to Casey, Johnson is letting the physical pain impact his play.

“He’s letting the physical part affect his mental approach.


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