The Raptors face an uphill task against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the upcoming Eastern Conference finals. Toronto will miss the services of center Jonas Valanciunas in-game one due to a right ankle sprain. Raptors coach Dwane Casey informed the media on Monday.
“He’s going to get treatment day-to-day,” Dwane Casey said during a conference call on Monday. “I don’t foresee it but I’m not committing to it. Just going to see how his body reacts and comes through rehab. It’s going to be very difficult for Game 2. But to cancel him out for the entire series, I don’t know.”
The Raptors will start with Bismack Biyombo as Valanciunas‘ replacement on Tuesday’s game one. The injured center played a key role in game 3 win over Miami. He returned with team high plus-39 in Games 1-3 against Miami.
“We’re not going to jeopardize further hurting his ankle just to get him out there for a game,” Casey also added, as reports the Real GM. “If he’s not 100 percent we’re not going to damage it.”
The Raptors’ center also had to sit out in the last four games of the second round playoff series win over the Miami Heat after sustaining the injury in the third quarter of game three. He may also miss the second game of the Conference finals as revealed by Casey. Valanciunas is still away from any basketball activities. The Raptors head coach though didn’t mention any timetable for the center’s return.
In this playoffs, Valanciunas was in superb form. He posted averages of 15.0 points and 12.1 rebounds per game on 55 percent shooting.
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