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Valanciunas scored 17 points (6-11 FG, 5-10 FT) with seven rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes during Friday's win over the Pistons.
It was an uncharacteristically poor performance from the charity stripe, as Valanciunas came into the game shooting an impressive 82% on free throws. The young center is now averaging 13.3 points, 11.3 boards and 1.1 blocks over his last seven games.
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Valanciunas scored 16 points (6-7 FG, 4-4 FT) with 10 rebounds and a block in 28 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Nets.
The young center has been on a tear on the glass, pulling down double-digit boards in five of his last six games to push his average on the season above 9.0 RPG. Valanciunas' minutes are becoming more consistent, and with it has come more consistent production.
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Valanciunas posted eight points, 13 rebounds, and one steal in 33 minutes of action Sunday against the Knicks.
Valanciunas has now logged his fourth consecutive game with at least 10 rebounds. After playing limited minutes for the first few months of the season, he's gotten more favor over recent games, averaging 32 minutes during that span. His production has improved as a result, with averages of 13.5 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks.
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Valanciunas is starting to get more respect from officials this season, and as a result has drawn more fouls and gotten to the free throw line with more consistency, the Toronto Sun reports.
So far there hasn't been a big change in his numbers, as the third-year center is averaging 4.3 FT attempts a game compared to 3.2 attempts last season, but given Valanciunas' excellent free throw shooting (a career-high 82% on the season so far) any increase is going to have a positive impact on his fantasy value. His overall numbers are only slightly ahead of last year's pace but all the trend-lines with Valanciunas are pointing up, so it may be worth trying to trade for him as a buy-high candidate, as he's just scratching the surface of his potential.
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Valanciunas scored 10 points (3-12 FG, 4-4 FT) with 14 rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes during Friday's win over the Pacers.
He couldn't buy a basket most of the night, but the center still squeaked by with his third double-double in as many games. The Raptors' next game is against the Knicks in Sunday, a club that tends to play smaller lineups, so Valanciunas may not get enough minutes to make it four straight double-doubles.
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Valanciunas scored 18 points (6-7 FG, 6-6 FT) with 15 rebounds in 37 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Cavaliers.
After Tristan Thompson torched the Raptors on the glass during their last game against the Cavs, coach Dwane Casey made sure that his young center saw plenty of court time in an attempt to counter Cleveland's athletic front court. Friday's clash against Roy Hibbert and the Pacers should provide Valanciunas with another opportunity for big minutes and big numbers.
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Valanciunas scored 18 points (8-11 FG, 2-3 FT) with 12 rebounds and four blocks in 31 minutes during Monday's OT win over the Nuggets.
It's his first double-double in seven games, and fifth of the season. Valanciunas' court time depends on whether the opposition gives big minutes to a front court player he can guard, but when matched up against the likes of Timofey Mozgov the Raptors' center can still be productive.
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Valanciunas scored nine points (4-10 FG, 1-2 FT) with 13 rebounds and three blocks in 33 minutes during Sunday's OT loss to the Lakers.
He's definitely turned things around, averaging 13.5 points, 10.0 boards and 1.4 blocks over his last eight games. Valanciunas seemed to thrive last season when Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez were on the floor together, so he could see a nice boost in his numbers while DeMar DeRozan (groin) is out of action.
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Valanciunas scored 27 points (10-11 FG, 7-8 FT) to go along with 11 rebounds and one block in 32 minutes Monday against the Suns.
Valanciunas has played really well of late as he is averaging 16.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his last five games. He might not produce at that high of a level for the entire season, but he provides solid value at the center position.
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Valanciunas scored 18 points (6-7 FG, 6-6 FT) with 12 rebounds and a steal in just 21 minutes during Friday's shellacking of the Bucks.
His minutes were limited again, this time because the Raptors emptied their bench in the fourth quarter as they cruised to a 41-point victory, but Valanciunas' owners won't be complaining. He's got two big double-doubles in his last three games, and the center will try to keep rolling on Saturday against the Cavs.