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Report: Jonas Valanciunas Opts for Rehab

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Jonas Valanciunas of the Toronto Raptors has opted for rehab over surgery according to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

After undergoing further tests on Saturday, Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will bypass surgery on the fracture in his left hand, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Valanciunas suffered the injury in the fourth metacarpal in his non-shooting hand during Friday’s win against the Los Angeles Lakers. The seven-footer opted to rehab his hand instead of surgery.

Charania also points out that this is the second time Valanciunas has suffered from this injury. The first time, he missed 18 games in the 2012-13 season.

This year, the seven-foot center is leading the Raptors 8-6 in rebounding and is third on the team in scoring. He is averaging 12.7 points and 9.3 board per conetest. According to NBA.com, his on/off stats suggest the Raptors are going to have a rough time without him.

While he’s on the court, this season, the Raptors have an offensive rating of 109.2 and a defensive rating of 99.8, making for a net rating of +9.4. However, when he sits, the offenisve rating plumets to 96.6 and the defensive rating climbs slightly to 100.8, making for a net rating of -4.2. That’s a swing of 13.6 points per 100 possessions.

So, when Kyle Lowry, the Ratpors starting point guard said, “It’s unfortunate, and we’re definitely going to miss him because of what we do, so it’s next man up right now,” he wasn’t kidding. They’re going to miss him a lot.

Bismack Biyombo looks to be the man most likely to take his place in the starting lineup, but don’t look for the big man to fill Valanciunas’s shoes very well.

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