Raptors’ Valanciunas leaves game vs. Warriors with thumb dislocation

Jonas Valanciunas was in a lot of pain after Draymond Green slapped his hand while trying to strip the ball.

Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas left Wednesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors with a left thumb dislocation and did not return to the game.

Midway through the second quarter, Valanciunas was posting up Warriors forward Draymond Green. As Valanciunas tried to pivot into the paint, Green made a swipe at the ball, knocking it loose, but also catching the Raptors big man’s hand in the process.

Afterwards, Valanciunas immediately began clutching his hand and fell to the floor writhing in pain.

During a stoppage in play a short while later, he headed straight to the locker room with Raptors training staff.

No foul was called on the play.

This isn’t Valanciunas’s first hand injury as he missed a total of 21 games during the 2015-16 season recovering from one.

The 26-year-old came into Wednesday night averaging 13 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 57.3 per cent from the field in 29 games played primarily coming off the bench.

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