Valanciunas Out For Quarters At NBA Summer League

Jonas Valanciunas reviews video with Raptors assistant coach Bill Bayno after Friday’s practice at UNLV.

If the Raptors advance to the semis of the inaugural NBA Summer League Championship tournament, they’ll have to do it without Jonas Valanciunas.

Immediately prior to Saturday’s quarter-final matchup with the Phoenix Suns, the Raptors announced that Valanciunas sustained a sprained left index finger in Thursday’s game vs. Denver.

According to Raptors President of Basketball Operations and GM Masai Ujiri, the injury is not considered serious and Valanciunas is considered day-to-day.

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Raptors Move On To Knockout Round At NBA Summer League

What you see above is the result of seeding for the knockout round of the NBA’s inaugural Summer League Championship bracket. Here’s how it shakes out for the Raptors:

- As a result of their 2-1 record through the preliminary round, the Raptors found themselves among the top half of the 22 teams here in Las Vegas.

- The second tiebreaker however, is quarters “won” in the preliminary round. The Raptors outscored opponents in eight of 12 quarters through their first three games — good enough to get them the sixth seed ...

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Valanciunas Ready For His Sportsnet Close Up

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Jonas Valanciunas took some time out during an afternoon off in Las Vegas (where he’s been feasting on NBA Summer League opponents like it’s the buffet at the Bellagio) to take part in a photo shoot for Sportsnet Magazine’s upcoming NBA Preview edition.

Keep an eye out for that profile piece on Valanciunas this fall. In the meantime, we put BlackBerry’s Story Maker to work and the results are below.

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Valanciunas Dominates In Summer League Debut

The only thing capable of stopping Jonas Valanciunas in his NBA Summer League debut might have been fatigue.

Valanciunas was a huge bright spot in an 81-72 Raptors loss to the Heat that didn’t really feel all that close when the final buzzer sounded at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The 21-year-old came out of the gates with a ton of aggression and dominated inside on his way to a game-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds (three offensive).

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NBA Summer League Preview: Raptors vs. Heat

The Raptors face the Heat in the 2013 NBA Summer League debut tonight at the UNLV campus. Here’s the latest from post-shootaround…

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Ross, Acy & Valanciunas Working At ACC

Raptors rookies Terrence Ross, Jonas Valanciunas and Quincy Acy have been working out at ACC as they prep for the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League….

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Raptors Win Fifth Straight. Questions Start Now.

The Raptors are anxious to see what they can achieve with Rudy Gay playing a full season.

The Raptors are anxious to see what they can achieve with Rudy Gay playing a full season.

Four and 19.

No matter how you look at, the Raptors disappointing 34-48 season turned on the club’s first 23 games and their inability to win more than four of them.

But there are other numbers as well.

Start with 18-17. That’s the club’s record since they acquired Rudy Gay on January 30.

How about 19.5 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. Those are Gay’s numbers as a Raptor.

There are more. Amir Johnson’s career best 10 points ...

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors @ Hawks

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Nets 87 Raptors 93

NOTE: Tonight’s game against the Hawks has been changed to an 8 PM ET start and will air on TNT in addition to TSN2.

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The #RTZ Show: Raptors vs. Bulls

Game Notes | NBA.com Preview | Last Game: Raptors 101 Bulls 98

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Valanciunas Could Be Back Friday

The play of rookie Jonas Valanciunas has been a bright spot for the Raptors.

Even when he isn’t around people are talking about Jonas Valanciunas.

Valanciunas missed practice yesterday to have his injured neck examined as the Raptors prepared for their Friday date against Chicago.

Valanciunas hurt his neck Tuesday against the Bulls but Raptors coach Dwane Casey said it’s possible the Lithuanian rookie could be back in the lineup in time for Friday’s rematch.

“It’s not as bad as we first thought,” Casey said. “Right now he’s still in the soft brace. He’ll be a game-time decision for Friday but if it’s anywhere close we won’t ...

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