Valanciunas taken to hospital after Raps' win

Jonas Valanciunas in action against the Chicago Bulls last night. (Getty)

Jonas Valanciunas in action against the Chicago Bulls last night. (Getty)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:44 PM ET

After a very tough night battling the likes of Carlos Boozer and, to a lesser extent, Nazr Mohammed, Jonas Valanciunas’ night ended on a stretcher.

But it wasn’t the pounding he took from the Bulls big men that took him out.

Rather it was an innocent-looking moment at the end of the game as Valanciunas reached for a ball that had eluded his grasp and his head collided with the shoulder of Rudy Gay, who was also coming to the basketball.

Valanciunas was attended to on the Raptors bench as the rest of the team went to the locker room following the 101-98 win. He left on stretcher wearing a neck brace but was seen joking with the Raptors staff who were attending to him.

GM Bryan Colangelo described the injury as “whiplash-like” and said Valanciunas was taken to Rush Presbyterian hospital as a precaution.

Foul trouble limited the Lithuanian big man to just over 23 minutes in the game. He contributed eight points and three rebounds.


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