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.
Canadian broadcast showed them wrapping DeRozan's thumb in a shoelace at the last timeout. But he doesn't seem to be wearing it now.
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) May 12, 2016
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.
DeRozan was wrapping a shoelace around his injured thumb on the bench to keep swelling down, said it was painful, "it worked though"
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 12, 2016
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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