Valanciunas totaled 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-6 FT), five rebounds, three blocks and two assists in 16 minutes during Tuesday's 128-93 loss to the Cavaliers.
Valanciunas moved to the bench for Tuesday's must-win game and despite seeing just 16 minutes of playing time, he still managed to lead the team in scoring with 18 points to go along with three blocks. His role continues to be frustrating for both he and his fantasy owners and should he return to the Raptors next season, it is hard to see anything changing. Perhaps a new destination would land him in a more consistent role but only time will tell.
Valanciunas will come off the bench for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Monday, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
The Raptors are making some last second changes with the hope of providing the team a spark as they try to avoid elimination from the playoffs. Valanciunas' return to the bench, specifically, is likely to match up with the Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson, so look for his minutes to align with his opposition. In Game 3, Valanciunas notched a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double in just 20 minutes.
Valanciunas managed 10 points (3-6 FG, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds and two blocks across 20 minutes during Toronto's 105-103 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal-round playoff series.
Valanciunas now has five straight double-doubles, although Saturday's minutes total was his lowest since Game 4 of the first-round series against the Wizards.The 25-year-old big man has been a steady force on both the scoreboard and glass throughout the playoffs, and his contributions figure to once again be pivotal to the Raptors' hopes in Monday's critical Game 4.
Valanciunas had 21 points (7-19 FG), 0-1 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 21 rebounds, two assists and one block in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 113-112 loss to Cleveland.
Valanciunas was a monster on the glass hauling down 21 rebounds in the losing effort. The playing time was also there for the big man as he racked up 34 minutes. Despite the gaudy stat line, Valanciunas missed some crucial baskets down the stretch as the Raptors lost what should have been a victorious effort. He is going to need to be better when close to the basket if the Raptors hope to get back home-court advantage.
Valanciunas tallied 14 points (6-13 FG, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 31 minutes during Friday's 102-92 win over the Wizards.
Valanciunas went over 30 minutes for the second straight game and responded with his second straight double-double. The big man's minutes and output were limited a times during the series, but he ultimately hovered around his regular season averages with 13.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game on 58 percent shooting. Valanciunas gives Toronto a different dimension in the middle when he's on his game, and he'll look to bring more consistency into the next round.
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