Valanciunas scored 12 points (6-11 FG) while adding 16 rebounds and an assist in 28 minutes during Sunday's 116-101 win over the Knicks.
The double-double was his third straight and 15th of the season, and Valanciunas' recent work on the glass has been exemplary. He's never averaged 10 rebounds a game in his career for a full season, but his 11.1 boards through eight January games is pushing him towards that mark.
Valanciunas registered 18 points (6-18 FG, 6-6 FT), 23 rebounds and two blocks across 28 minutes in a 114-106 win over the Celtics on Tuesday.
The head-to-head matchup with Al Horford didn't afford Valanciunas many favorable looks, but he saw plenty of volume and capitalized on all of his free-throw opportunities en route to his second 18-point effort in the past four games. His dominant work on the other end was the real story though, as the 23 rebounds were a career high for the 24-year-old. Valanciunas' has been somewhat volatile in recent weeks, but it hasn't really hindered his production since the beginning of January. In six games this month, the center is averaging 12.3 points (on 55.4% shooting), 10.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per contest.
Valanciunas scored 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-4 Ft) while adding 13 rebounds in 31 minutes during Thursday's 101-93 win over the Jazz.
The Raptors went with a smaller lineup most of the night -- Terrence Ross saw as many minutes (30) as Lucas Nogueira and Pascal Siakam combined -- which left JV responsible for most of the team's glass-cleaning duties, and he responded with eight offensive rebounds en route to his 13th double-double of the season. Valanciunas has a definite fantasy ceiling given the way the Raptors' backcourt dominates their offense, but when he gets a chance he's capable of putting up solid numbers.
Valanciunas played just 21 minutes in a 121-111 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, providing seven points (2-5 FG, 3-3 FT), five rebounds and one block.
The Warriors' up-tempo, small-ball-oriented attack frequently results in opponents limiting the usage of their centers, and the Raptors were no exception to that, as both Valanciunas and his backup, Lucas Nogueira (17 minutes), saw less run than usual. With a matchup against the vulnerable Suns frontcourt looming Thursday, Valanciunas should have a great chance to bounce back, assuming his playing time trends upward. Valanciunas had been performing well prior to Wednesday, turning in double-doubles in six of his preceding nine appearances.
Valanciunas finished with 12 points (5-13 FG, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, one block, one steal and one assist across 27 minutes in a 95-91 win over the Trail Blazers on Monday.
Valanciunas has been held under 30 minutes in each of the last five games while coach Dwane Casey has looked to make more room for backup center Lucas Nogueira, but the lack of heavy minutes hasn't seemed to impact Valanciunas' production much. He's recorded double-doubles in three of those five contests, averaging 12.6 points and 10.4 boards while shooting 56.5 percent from the field and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line.
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