During Game 5 between the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat, you might have noticed DeMar DeRozan in pain as a shoelace was wrapped around his right thumb, which has been hurt since Game 1.

The injury is affecting his ability to grip the ball, and it’s been detrimental to his shooting all series. In Game 4, DeRozan shot under 25 percent.

Raptors director of sports science Alex McKechnie wrapped the shoelace around DeRozan’s thumb, although it was only on temporarily.

Many viewers wondered why this was done. Although it’s painful, extremely tight pressure can cause swelling to go down temporarily, which was essential for DeRozan.

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Given that DeRozan dropped 34 points while shooting 50 percent from the field, I think it’s safe to say it did indeed work.

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(h/t TheScore)