Valanciunas (thumb) will be out for at least the next four weeks and will be re-evaluated sparingly throughout the time period, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports. Per the Raptors' official release, Valanciunas' left thumb continues to heal and his condition continues to improve superbly. In addition, Valanciunas will be wearing a splint on his injured thumb for the next four weeks, meaning he can resume participation in basketball-related activities. The main focus moving forward for the Lithuanian will be regaining his range of motion and improving his power and strength in the joint of his left thumb throughout the rehabilitation process. With Valanciunas out until around the All-Star break, Serge Ibaka should continue to see the bulk of the minutes at the center position, while teammates Greg Monroe and Pascal Siakam battle for minutes off the bench.
Coach Nick Nurse said Wednesday that Valanciunas (thumb) will be sidelined for an additional 3-to-4 weeks, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports. Valanciunas underwent surgery to address the dislocated left thumb on Dec. 13 and has yet to resume any basketball-related activities since. Though Valanciunas was initially expected to miss around four weeks following the procedure, Nurse's comments suggest that original timetable is no longer valid. With the big man now trending toward a late-January return date at the earliest, Serge Ibaka will continue to benefit from a minor bump in fantasy value as the clear top center. Valanciunas' ongoing absence also should keep a regular spot in the rotation for Greg Monroe as the second-unit pivot.
Valanciunas underwent surgery on his disclosed left thumb Thursday and will miss at least four weeks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Valanciunas suffered the injury during the first half of Wednesday's game against the Warriors. He'll be forced to wear a cast for the next four weeks -- keeping him sidelined until mid-January -- before the Raptors reevaluated his status. In the meantime, Serge Ibaka should handle the bulk of playing time at center with Valanciunas out, while Greg Monroe could also benefit from some increased run.
Valanciunas will not return to Wednesday's game against the Warriors after suffering a dislocated left thumb, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports. Valanciunas suffered the injury in the first half of the contest when he was fouled. He looked to be in serious pain and went directly to the locker room. The Raptors haven't indicated how much time Valanciunas will miss, if any, but for the time being, he should be viewed as questionable at best for Friday's game against the Trail Blazers.
Valanciunas exited Wednesday's game against the Warriors with an apparent left hand injury, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports. Valanciunas was fouled by Draymond Green on a spin through the lane and appeared to be in serious pain while nursing his left hand. He eventually headed to the locker room with a trainer and should be considered questionable to return.
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