Andrew Lopez: Willie Green says Jonas Valanciunas will …

Andrew Lopez: Willie Green says Jonas Valanciunas will not play tonight because of the sprained thumb. Full starting lineup to be announced shortly. He wouldn’t give us any clues as to what that would be.

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Anthony Chiang: Udonis Haslem (sprained left wrist) and Dion Waiters (team suspension) listed as out for Heat. Grizzlies are listing Andre Iguodala (not with team) and Josh Jackson (not with team) as out. Jonas Valanciunas (foot soreness) is probable.
Omari Sanfoka II: Jonas Valanciunas will miss the rest of the season with a grade II ankle sprain, the Grizzlies announce. Another injury blow for the Grizzlies and an unfortunate end to the season for Valanciunas, who had been playing the best basketball of his career.
Michael Wallace: Bickerstaff says Jonas Valanciunas' X-rays on right ankle came back negative, but he is scheduled for an MRI tomorrow. Grizzlies staying over in LA before moving onto Portland for Wednesday's game.
Ryan Wolstat: Valanciunas still out tomorrow. Nick Nurse said he had a great live scrimmage recently. Immediately notice his defensive rebounding, rim protection etc. He’s getting there.
Josh Lewenberg: Latest injury update from the Raptors indicates that Jonas Valanciunas is still at least another month away from returning. He continues to ramp up his rehab, but he'll need to wear a splint for basketball activities over the next 4 weeks.
Josh Lewenberg: For the second straight game, the Raptors will be without Lowry, Ibaka and Valanciunas tonight.
Ryan Wolstat: Caught up with Jonas Valanciunas pre-game. He's in good spirits but obviously disappointed to have a big thumb cast on and to not be able to play. For the record he thought Draymond should have been called for a foul on the play.
Tim Reynolds: Raptors say Jonas Valanciunas (left thumb dislocation and other damage) had surgery in California and will be in a cast for four weeks. Condition will then be updated as appropriate.
Josh Lewenberg: With Valanciunas (dislocated thumb) expected to miss time, the Raptors have called up 2-way big Chris Boucher. He'll meet them in Portland and should be available for tomorrow's game.
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.”
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."
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 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.
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Iman Shumpert not done playing?

Iman Shumpert might’ve been focusing on mirror balls more than basketballs recently, but the NBA champ says he’s NOT done hooping … telling TMZ Sports he’s got a lot left in his tank. We caught up with the 31-year-old fresh off winning the 30th season of “Dancing With the Stars” this week … and we asked with all the moves he displayed on the dancefloor, is he going to take his talents back to the basketball court?? “Tryna see what we can get done,” Shumpert said, “I love basketball. I never stopped playing.”
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