Report: Toronto’s Valanciunas opts against surgery

VIDEO: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas fractures his finger.

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has decided not to have surgery on a fractured finger in his left hand and will instead try rehabilitation, Yahoo reported Saturday.

Valanciunas suffered the injury on his non-shooting hand Friday against the Lakers in Los Angeles. There was no immediate estimate on how long he will be sidelined, but coach Dwane Casey was preparing for the possibility of small ball by moving Luis Scola from power forward to center as soon as Sunday against the Clippers at Staples Center, according to the Toronto Star, with Patrick Patterson or James Johnson starting at power forward.

Casey also had the option of moving Bismack Biyombo from backup center into the opening lineup. Another big man, Lucas Nogueira, was expected to join the Raptors from the D-League in time for the game against the Clippers.

“There are different things we can do, we just can’t change all of our sets and all of our defensive schemes,” Casey said, according to the Star. “Luis is very versatile, there’s Patrick, DeMarre Carroll at the four, AB (Anthony Bennett), James Johnson at the four. There are a lot of variables we can have at the four and the five.”

Valanciunas is averaging 12.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in 27.3 minutes.


  1. from denver colorado says:

    Did Kobe just intentionally break JV’s hand?

    Remember all the backlash from wade’s hit on all-star game?

  2. Joe says:

    If you can afford to have the surgery and clearly you can you should do it. If that finger heals wrong, you’re stuck with a bum finger. Fix it now. It’s not like you’re in the playoffs right now.

  3. I have always been curious about the term “bone fracture” and “bone break” used in sports. A sprain and a fracture are clearly different and can be confirmed by an MRI. One is a break in the bones integrity, and the other is not (fracture). This can only be confirmed by an MRI. A “bone fracture” and a “bone break” are one and the same. Both are breaks of the bones integrity, whether the bones are shattered, split in half or bent up. Vaianciunas should reconsider. It could get worse without surgical intervention. Just saying!