Good news for Raptors’ fans. Jonas Valanciunas and DeMarre Carroll will be returning on Monday night after a prolonged absence.
Toronto Raptors missed the services of Jonas Valanciunas for 17 games. The center was ruled out due to a broken metacarpel. Valanciunas resumed training on Friday and is expected to start against the Chicago Bulls on Monday.
The seven footer Lithuanian was having a decent season having posted averages of 12.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while shooting 55.6 per cent shooting before the hand injury ruled him out.
Experts and fans expect Toronto Raptors to strike their lost rhythm with center Valanciunas back in the line-up.
“I think we’re in good shape so I’ll do whatever it takes to be that guy that I was, slowly try to get a rhythm. I know everything’s not going to happen from the start, it’s going to take some time.” Valanciunas pointed out after Sunday’s practice session at the Loyola university.
“I need to pick that game intensity and game rhythm back.”
Carroll also missed nine games and the Raptors can start all cylinders firing after almost six weeks against the Bulls. Coach Dwane Casey can now bank on his old combination and rotation strategy which yielded dividends in the first month of the league.