Jonas Valanciunas suffered a sprained index finger against the Denver Nuggets in Summer League action on Thursday. His X-Rays have come back negative.
Raptors fans can breathe a sigh of relief with the news. Valanciunas was already forced to miss some time in his rookie season due to a fractured finger, so this is obviously great news, especially to the Lithuanian national team.
As a result of the injury, the Raptors have decided to shut down Valanciunas, merely as a precaution. Before that, the big man had an exceptional showing in Summer League, averaging 18.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
You have to take into account that Valanciunas has a year of NBA experience in the bag, so him tearing it up in Summer League doesn’t mean that much, but he did show signs of improvement. He seems to have gained more upper body strength, which is something he desperately needed. He also seems a lot more confident and decisive, which should be very encouraging for Raptors fans.