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With luck, Valanciunas's neck injury won't keep him from playing on Sunday.
Even though Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas was recently honored as the Eastern Conference rookie of the month for March, he will undoubtedly have a tough time against Nets star center Brook Lopez.
Lopez had 21 points and four rebounds against Boston on Wednesday. The seven-foot center was even better against Philadelphia on April 9, totaling 29 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes.
Nevertheless, Valanciunas has been a force at center for the Raptors, averaging 14.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and a field-goal percentage of 61.5 in 32.9 minutes for the past 10 games. However, it’s uncertain whether or not Valanciunas will even play on Sunday, given the neck injury he endured against the Bulls on Tuesday. The Calgary Herald reported that Valanciunas will be reevaluated Thursday after test results came back negative.
Hopefully, Toronto will have the rookie center on the court Sunday to help control Brook Lopez.