Valanciunas (hand) is set to miss roughly six weeks of action, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. Valanciunas injured his left hand during Friday's game against the Lakers. X-rays came back and revealed a fracture, but Valanciunas has decided against surgery and will just rehab instead. He's expected to miss around six weeks of action, although it very well could end up costing him even longer. Bismack Biyombo will get the first crack at replacing him in the starting lineup, but the Raptors are expected to go to a committee approach to make up for his absence. Biyombo, Lucas Nogueira and Patrick Patterson all should see increases in minutes.
Valanciunas will not undergo surgery to repair the fracture in his left hand, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. The Raptors didn't say how long Valanciunas would be out, but considering surgery would likely ended the 23-year-old's season, this has to be good news for fantasy owners. Bismack Biyombo should see an influx in minutes with Valanciunas sidelined, with Lucas Nogueira or even Patrick Peterson likely seeing additional minutes at center with the second-unit.
Valanciunas injured his left wrist late in the second quarter Friday against the Lakers, and remained in the locker room to begin the second half. He was fouled by Kobe Bryant going up to the rim and appeared to have his hand bent back, favoring his wrist during the ensuing free throw attempts. There's been no official word from the Raptors as yet whether Valanciunas will be able to return to the game.
Valanciunas scored 20 points (8-11 FG, 4-6 FT) with 10 rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes during Friday's win over the Pelicans. Anthony Davis (hip) wasn't in the lineup for New Orleans, giving Valanciunas a lot more room under the basket to get comfortable. It's his second straight double-double and fourth in 10 games on the season.
Valanciunas posted 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds, one assist, and one block in 23 minutes of action Wednesday against the Sixers. Valanciunas has always been a strong contributor in points and rebounds, and his double-double on Wednesday marked his third for the season. He's a lackluster blocker for a big man, so owners can take his single block on Wednesday with a grain of salt. Still, his efficient shooting from the field and the line makes him a valuable player in most leagues.
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