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Josh Lewenberg: JV’s heading to the locker room with just over a minute left in the half. Turned his right ankle a couple possessions ago, played through it
Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas was sidelined for Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a left knee contusion. Valanciunas injured his knee during the week and suffered some pre-game swelling, according to a team official. He’s averaging 11 rebounds and 13.8 points this season, scoring a career-high 32 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds in the season-opener versus the Detroit Pistons.
Josh Lewenberg: How close is Valanciunas to 100%? “Close. I’m ready to go. Percentage wise? I don’t know. My ankle doesn’t say the percentage”
Sidelined Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas – out since Game 3 of the Miami series – is inching closer to a return and could be available for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. Asked if Valanciunas will play, Raptors coach Dwane Casey said, “We’ll see.”
Ryan Wolstat: Jonas Valanciunas says he’s at 50%.
The Toronto Raptors will not have starting center Jonas Valanciunas, the team’s third-leading scorer in the postseason, for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. There doesn’t appear to be much optimism for the remainder of the series either. “He’s going to get treatment day to day,” Raptors head coach 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.”
Since the injury, he hasn’t done much on the court, only shooting free throws from time to time, as the Raptors continue to be cautious with their talented big man. “We’re not going to jeopardize further hurting his ankle just to get him out there for a game,” Casey said. “If he’s not 100 percent we’re not going to damage it.”
Lue said the Cavs will prepare as if Valanciunas will play. And as for the extended rest? “I’ve always said anytime you get an opportunity to get some rest throughout the course of our season, it’s always beneficial for anybody,” James said. “Doesn’t matter if you’re a 31-year-old guy who’s played a lot of basketball or you’re a 19-year-old kid who just came into the league. It doesn’t matter; you get a couple days in the postseason, there’s a benefit.”
Eric Koreen: Jonas Valanciunas is out for the rest of the Miami series with a sprained right ankle, Raptors announce.
Mike Mazzeo: #Raptors C Jonas Valanciunas has a right ankle sprain and will not return. No need for X-ray.
Head coach Dwane Casey said after practice on Sunday that starting centre Jonas Valanciunas will play against the Bulls on Monday after missing 17 games with a broken finger on his non-shooting hand. Toronto already boasts the NBA’s fourth-best offence and now returns its most efficient scorer, who averaged 12.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in 14 games before getting hurt, on 55.6% shooting.
“It feels good, ready to go, 100% healed,” Valanciunas said, adding he just wants to add to what the Raptors have done recently. “They were doing a good job so I was sitting on the bench enjoying, but that was hard to see them doing so good and like I can’t do anything (to help),” Valanciunas said.
Valanciunas is expected to miss approximately six weeks, league sources said.
Valanciunas was at practice on Saturday but obviously not participating. The left hand was already in a temporary cast. Casey spoke in terms of options at his disposal to fill the minutes of a guy who is in the midst of a career season. “We could got small also with Luis (Scola),” Casey offered after Bismack Biyombo and Lucas Nogueira were offered up as possible replacements. “That’s something we worked on today just until Lucas gets back.
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.
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After voicing his displeasure, Lillard was well aware his criticism would draw the ire of the league office and perhaps result in a fine. But he didn’t seem to care. When his postgame interview was over, he turned to CJ McCollum at the locker next to him and offered the following: “Go ahead and fine me,” he said. “I’ve got the check ready to go.”
Lillard scored 30 points, making 11 of 27 field goals, in the defeat. But despite his high volume of field goals, he attempted only three free throws, a fact that left him incredulous as he left Wells Fargo Center. “I got to the rim a lot,” Lillard said. “And I’m getting smacked in my head, smacked on my shooting hand when I’m going to the basket. Guys (are) knocking me to the ground every other play. Like hard. And (officials) know I’m trying to score. It’s impossible for me to shoot two or three free throws. It’s impossible. As much as I got to the rim and as much as they know that I’m trying to score, it’s impossible for me to get the (crap) beat out of me as often as I do.”
When asked if he felt he had earned the right to get the benefit of the doubt from officials at this stage of his career, Lillard scoffed. He said a foul is a foul, no matter who you are, and he simply wants officials to do their jobs. “I don’t want to look at it like, I’m this person or I’m that (so) you’re supposed to call these fouls,” he said. “I think a foul is a foul. I know it’s tough. They’ve got a tough job, man. But I’m not one of these guys out here trying to sell them on every call … I’m playing to score the ball. I ain’t trying to be out here hitting the ground every other play, because that’s not what I’m going out here trying to do. I’m not going to be falling out the air to get two free throws and hitting the ground the way I’m hitting the ground. I’m getting hit. I don’t want to keep doing it.”
The Sixers (10-7) scored the game’s first 16 points en route to their 101-81 decision Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center. The Blazers (10-8) posted season lows in total points and field-goal percentage (33.7). The Sixers allowed their lowest point total this season. “I thought our offense was a C-minus,” Brown said. “I thought our defense was an A, and we are looking for two As.” But he’s still going to cherish this victory. “I thought at times our offense was sloppy,” Brown said. “But we beat the fourth-best team in the West by 20 points. I’m greedy, but I ain’t stupid.”
Westbrook led the Thunder with 34 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Durant finished with 21 points and five rebounds. First, Durant and Westbrook appeared to exchange some words during the second quarter of OKC and Golden State’s first meeting of this season. After Westbrook forced a turnover, he was shown on the broadcast saying something as Durant walked away and laughed. Per reporters at the game, the Thunder guard made KD laugh by shouting or shaking his head “No” at the crowd.
Late in the second quarter, Westbrook denied a post entry into Durant and the ball sailed out of bounds. Westbrook turned to the Warriors’ bench and yelled, “No!” Durant pointed at Westbrook while just smiling. Westbrook was then fouled on the other end by Draymond Green. Green didn’t like the call, and he began clapping in the vicinity of Westbrook, and the reigning MVP began clapping back at him. The two had a few words before Westbrook went to the foul line to take his shots.
Halfway in, Westbrook was guarding Durant on the right wing and he almost stole the ball, slapping it out of bounds. The two began jawing at one another and inching closer. Soon, they were forehead to forehead, talking trash. Durant was seen saying, “You’re a p—y.” Westbrook responded, “You’re soft.”