Jonas Valanciunas Injury Update

Toronto Ontario CAN Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas takes a shot past the outstretched arm of Miami Heat center Hassam Whiteside in game two of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors won 9

The Toronto Raptors centre was ruled out for the rest of the Eastern Conference semifinals with a sprained right ankle, but whether he's done for the season is unclear.

When the Raptors left AmericanAirlines Arena on Saturday night after their 95-91 win gave them a 2-1 series edge over the Heat, there was optimism Jonas Valanciunas - who had hurt his ankle in the win-would be able to return at some point in the series. The Heat listed Whiteside as day-to-day.

Even with this injury, Whiteside will likely get enormous contract offers this summer - ones that could top $20 million a season, set to put him in the echelon of the NBA's highest-paid players.

Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry sustained a grade 1 MCL sprain April 24 against the Houston Rockets, and the team said Curry would be re-evaluated in two weeks. [Game 4] will be a different game.

The Heat are surely hoping that Whiteside falls into the quicker category. Valanciunas had 16 points and 12 rebounds though 22 minutes before leaving the game. "I was doing work so right now I can not think about it, have to just get better and come back". The Heat's chances of winning the series decline without Whiteside on the court.

"I think you'll see more hard shows with [Haslem] and [McRoberts], and they'll show a lot more and switch a lot, because they're mobile bigs", said Toronto's Kyle Lowry, who finished Game 3 with 33 points. "He gives us extra opportunities, you can't take that away from him". All-Star forward Chris Bosh hasn't played since he was diagnosed with another blood clot in February, and after months of trying to find a solution, he and the Heat finally announced last week that his season is officially over.

Meanwhile, the Raptors consistently outscored opponents in any lineup featuring the defensive-minded Bismack Biyombo. 649 (24-37) percent from the floor, 12.7 rebounds, 1.33 blocks and 33.7 minutes in three contests. The games that Miami has lost so far were ones where the Heat wasted fourth-quarter leads, a seven-point edge in Game 2 and a six-point cushion in Game 3.

"He's been playing so well", Lowry said. "But for us as a team, it's next man up".

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