Jonas Valanciunas Injury: Updates on Raptors Center’s Knee and Return

November 6th, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas is dealing with a knee contusion and will miss Sunday's game against the Sacramento Kings, per the team's media relations department.

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Valanciunas Deemed Day-to-Day Sunday, Nov. 6 The team noted the big man, who dealt with swelling in his left knee before Sunday's game, is day-to-day.

Valanciunas steadily improved over each of his first four seasons in the league. In 2015-16, he averaged career highs in points (12.8) and rebounds (9.1) per game, and his 22.6 player efficiency rating was the best mark of his career, per

The 24-year-old Lithuanian was still a liability on the defensive end, though. According to, the Raptors allowed 4.5 more points per 100 possessions when he was on the floor last year.

Injuries were another concern for Valanciunas. He missed 22 regular-season games and eight of Toronto's 20 postseason games. A healthy Valanciunas may not have swung the Eastern Conference Finals in the Raptors' favor, but they were at a disadvantage with their big man at less than 100 percent.
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