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Raptors Valanciunas hurts neck, taken to hospital after game

Apr 10, 2013, 10:12 AM EDT

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In recent weeks, the Raptors have seen a lot of progress out of young center Jonas Valanciunas — he came into this season in Toronto with a lot of hype but proved to be a work in progress. But last month he was the Eastern Conference Rookie of the month with a double-double in 12 straight games. And he’s still improving nightly.

Which is why the end of Tuesday’s game was frightening.

Rudy Gay and Carlos Boozer had a jump ball with 9.1 seconds left and Valanciunas went hard for the loose ball after the tap, his head hitting Gay’s shoulder. Hard.

Valanciunas went to the bench where treated by team doctors, and while you might have thought it was a concussion they were worried about it was more of a whiplash like injury, reports Steve Aschburner at

Long after the final horn, as fans exited and cleanup crews began their work, Valanciunas was fitted with a protective collar and escorted from the court. He was taken to nearby Rush Presbyterian Hospital as a precaution and to undergo a more thorough exam.

Doesn’t look like anything long-term serious, but serious enough he had to go to the hospital.

Hopefully he is back fully healthy — next year he could be part of a renaissance up in Toronto with the Raptors.

  1. ultichiva - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    There will be NO such “renaissance “( das how u spell dat..rite?)
    for as long as Kyle Lowry is the PG in TORONTO..

    • lucifershuttlesworth - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Agreed. Lowry could contribute nicely off the bench but is far too erratic to be a starter for a good team. As far as JV goes, the future is bright. He will be a 20 & 10 guy that plays great D and those guys are few and far between. Looking forward to big things from JV and possibly even the Raptors.

  2. brotherlove2012 - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    I don’t want to be a cynic but it’s Toronto, they’ll find a way to mess this up … Eventually they will, that’s for sure …

  3. goodfellas17 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    I feel sorry for Coach Casey, this guy is soft! I hope that he matures more in the near future.

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