It is hard to figure out how Valanciunas broke his finger, but it seems as thought his hand somehow tangled while scrapping for a rebound against Magic’s Andrew Nicholson. You can see how Valanciunas got hurt here. (full game highlights, skip to 0:20)
After the game, Raptors’ coach Dwane Casey sympathized with the young center when he was asked about his status:
“No timetable, he has to see a hand specialist. Very unfortunate, because, again, he’s a young kid, growing every time he walks on the floor.”
Valanciunas has been on a roller-coaster ride in his rookie season. He has started in all of Toronto’s 28 games this season, but has put up mixed performances. He is averaging 7.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 22.4 minutes per game.
Valanciunas was selected 5th overall in the 2011 NBA draft but spent the following year playing in Lithuania, before joining the Raptors for the 2012-13 season.
Despite the absence of Kyle Lowry and Andrea Bargnani, the Raptors are currently on a 5-game winning streak, shedding some light on what has otherwise been a season filled with disappointment and frustration.
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