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Jonas Valanciunas to miss Grizzlies' final five games with Grade 2 ankle sprain

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The Memphis Grizzlies have five games remaining in the 2018-19 season, but midseason acquisition Jonas Valanciunas will not play in any of them.

The team announced Tuesday that the 26-year-old centre will be sidelined for the remainder of the season after suffering a Grade 2 right ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the LA Clippers.

Valanciunas, who was selected with the No. 5 overall pick by Toronto in 2011, was traded to Memphis at the 2019 trade deadline after spending the first 6.5 seasons of his career with the Raptors.

In his first 19 games as a member of the Grizzlies, Valanciunas averaged 19.9 points and 10.7 rebounds, registering a career-high 34 points in a March 30 win over the Suns and a career-high 24 rebounds in a loss to the Magic on March 22.

He finishes the season with averages of 15.6 points and 8.6 rebounds through 49 total games (with the Raptors and Grizzlies).

At 31-46, Memphis will miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season, but Valanciunas looks to be one key piece of the team's future based on his performance over the past two months.

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