Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 1 week ago

Valanciunas had 17 points (6-12 FG, 5-5 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes Sunday against the Knicks.

Valanciunas had a solid outing against a horrible Knicks frontcourt, and the double-double was his third in his last four outings. While he has played well as of late, the expectations for Valanciunas should still be kept in moderation, as he does have the potential to go out and put up unimpressive numbers.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 2 weeks ago

Valanciunas scored 15 points (7-9 FG, 1-2 FT) with 15 rebounds and a block in just 24 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Timberwolves.

Nik Pekovic was sidelined for Minnesota, and their other options in the middle weren't able to do much to stifle Valanciunas. Raptors coach Dwane Casey continues to sit him for defensive reasons when the opposition goes small, which limits his value and court time, but on a per-minute basis the young center's game has definitely taken another step forward this season.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 2 weeks ago

Valanciunas (paternity) returned after missing Friday's game due to the birth of his son. He finished Sunday's loss to the Trail Blazers with 14 points (7-7 FG), nine rebounds, one assist and a block in 22 minutes.

Valanciunas's shooting has been solid so far this month. In his past two games, he's shot a combined 11-for-13 and had a 26-point performance March 4.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 2 weeks ago

Valanciunas (paternity) is expected to play Sunday against Portland, the Toronto Sun reports.

Valanciunas missed Friday's game against the Heat after attending the birth of his son Thursday. Since he's not injured, all inclinations are that he'll assume his normal role in the starting lineup Sunday.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 3 weeks ago

Valanciunas will not play in Friday's game following the birth of his son Thursday, the Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman reports.

Amir Johnson, Patrick Patterson and Tyler Hansbrough should handle the bulk of the minutes in the frontcourt with Valanciunas out. Presumably he will be available for the Raptors' next game Sunday at home, but owners will want to check on that on the day of the game.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 4 weeks ago

Valanciunas scored 26 points (12-17 FG, 2-2 FT) with 11 rebounds and two blocks in 31 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Cavaliers.

He seemed fired up for a big Eastern Conference battle, and Raptors coach Dwane Casey rewarded him with more fourth quarter minutes than Valanciunas typically sees. It's the young center's best performance since mid-January, but he'll need to start producing at this level more consistently if he wants to take his game to the next level.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 1 month ago

Valanciunas recorded a double-double in 36 minutes Monday against the Pelicans as he scored 17 points (5-10 FG, 7-10 FT) to go along with 14 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.

Valanciunas took advantage of a thin Pelicans's frontcourt Monday to record his first double-double in his last seven games. He's not an elite fantasy option, but he still provides solid value as he is averaging 12.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks a game this season.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 1 month ago

Valanciunas scored eight points (4-13 FG) with 13 rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes during Friday's win over the Hawks.Eight of his rebounds came on the offensive end, but his inability to convert his putbacks kept Valanciunas from having a bigger fantasy night. The young center's court time will continue to fluctuate, as Raptors coach Dwane Casey still doesn't have confidence in his defense against smaller, more athletic opponents, but Valanciunas is still averaging 9.9 points, 8.9 boards and 2.0 blocks over his last 12 games despite the inconsistent minutes.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 2 months ago

Valanciunas scored eight points (3-7 FG, 2-2 FT) with a season-high 16 rebounds, four blocks and a steal in 34 minutes during Sunday's win over the Spurs.

After not getting some early foul calls, Valanciunas played angry in the second half and grabbed just about every ball he could get his hands on. He also recorded at least one block for the 13th straight game, the third-longest active streak in the NBA at the moment.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 2 months ago

Valanciunas scored nine points (3-5 FG, 3-5 FT) with 10 rebounds and two blocks in 34 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Nets.

His minutes continue to yo-yo depending on the opposition, but Valanciunas has become a defensive threat in the paint again, recording at least one block in 11 straight games and averaging 11.1 points, 8.8 boards and 1.9 blocks over that stretch.