Valanciunas to miss 4 weeks after dislocating thumb

Toronto Raptors Centre Jonas Valanciunas underwent surgery to repair a dislocated thumb and will miss at least a month, the team announced Thursday.

The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Raptors’ 113-93 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Valanciunas collapsed in considerable pain after being hacked by Warriors bigman Draymond Green while working in the low post.

Valanciunas was transported to Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., where Dr Jeffrey Yao relocated his thumb and repaired any damage caused by the dislocation.

He will wear a protective cast for four weeks before being reevaluated.

The 26-year-old is off to a solid start with the Raptors this season. He’s averaging 12.8 points on 57 percent shooting, one assist, and 7.2 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per contest.

Greg Monroe was able to fill the void against the Warriors, finishing with five points, five rebounds, and a steal in seven minutes of action. “Moose” will be leaned on to pick up big minutes off the bench over the next month.

The Raptors, who have been without star forward Kawhi Leonard for the last two games, will face the Portland Trailblazers on Friday before travelling to the Pepsi Center for a matchup with the Denver Nuggets – who handed the Raps one of their seven losses on the season earlier this month.

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