Raptors should rest Valanciunas rest of the way

Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas (left) goes up against the Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo. Valanciunas...

Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas (left) goes up against the Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo. Valanciunas injured his neck earlier this week and could miss the rest of the season. (Reuters)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:29 PM ET

Even if there’s the slightest chance of Jonas Valanciunas returning in any of Toronto’s final four games, the team must err on the side of caution and keep their prized rookie off the court.

There’s always the chance of injury, of getting hurt, on any single possession against any opponent, regardless of record or significance of that evening’s tip.

But why jeopardize all the gains the kid known as JV has made when there’s nothing to play except professional pride.

It makes no sense and the Raptors will, under no circumstance, imperil Valanciunas.

As of Thursday, a day when Valanciunas wasn’t made available to the media, not a lot more could be gleaned regarding his status.

For the record, he’s listed as a game-time decision for Friday’s tip against visiting Chicago.

In basketball parlance, he’s not likely to play.

 


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