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Jonas Valanciunas set a new Raptors' postseason record with 18 rebounds in Sunday's tough home loss to the Nets, while scoring 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting.
Valanciunas added two assists and two blocks. He turned the ball over six times but the Raptors wouldn't have stood a chance without his activity in the paint. JV's playing time and production have steadily increased since the All-Star break and he'll need to have a great series for Toronto to overcome their early 0-1 deficit.
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Raptors coach Dwane Casey said that his team's versatility will be "huge" in their first-round matchup vs. the Nets, who have found success with Paul Pierce starting at PF.
Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson will start in the backcourt, with Patrick Patterson as the first big man off the bench, but the distribution of playing time will be a game-by-game decision. "If we stay big we've got to really pound the boards and take advantage of it if they stay small," Casey said. "But at the same time they're such a lethal three-point shooting team ... if we're getting killed with three-point shooting then we'll have to make some adjustments."
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Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points during Sunday's 116-107 win over the Pistons with eight boards, one assist and one steal.
Just like last year, he's really coming on strong to finish the season. In his previous April games, Valanciunas averaged 18.8 points, 12.2 boards, 1.2 blocks and 0.4 steals on 60.0 percent from the field. He's probably going to have a lot of hype next year even after a mildly disappointing season.
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Jonas Valanciunas grabbed a career-high 21 boards vs. the Knicks on Friday during a 108-100 loss, adding 14 points, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.
It's his third consecutive double-double and he continues to stay extremely hot to close out his second season. In his previous 10 games, Valanciunas averaged 15.9 points, 9.7 boards, 0.9 blocks and 0.4 steals on a pristine 63.7 percent from the field. He's also getting to the line a lot more and is one of the best centers to own for the last week of the season in standard leagues.
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Jonas Valanciunas hit 10-of-14 shots for 26 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in Wednesday's win over the Sixers.
He's trying to make amends after the DUI and had a huge first half, where he did most of his damage. He didn't finish as strongly as he could have, but we doubt any owners are complaining about this one.
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Jonas Valanciunas will play on Wednesday against the Sixers.
It sounds like the league and the Raptors are going to let the legal process play out before taking any disciplinary action against Valanciunas after he was arrested for DUI early Monday morning.
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All indications are that Jonas Valanciunas will continue to play for the Raptors despite being arrested for DUI early Monday morning.
That means he should be on the court on Wednesday, as his court date is set for April 22. He could miss a playoff game due to the court date, but as of now, it sounds like it's safe to leave JV in lineups for now.
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Jonas Valanciunas has been charged with driving under the influence in Wasaga Beach, Ontario on Monday morning.
Details are still emerging and he is scheduled to appear in court on Apr. 22, which could wind up being a day with a road playoff game. Valanciunas has stayed out of trouble to this point and he was really coming on strong in the past month. He is unlikely to be suspended this season.
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Jonas Valanciunas "appeared to be favoring his back after a collision" during Wednesday's game, though he continued to play through the injury.
JV finished with 15 points in 30 minutes of action and we'll assume that he's fine unless the Raptors include him on their injury report for Friday's game vs. the Pacers. He missed one game in March due to a lower back sprain so owners should keep an eye out for updates.
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Jonas Valanciunas stepped up with 20 points, nine rebounds and one block as the Raptors cruised to a road win in Orlando on Sunday.
With the exception of a dud on Tuesday, Valanciunas has been great over the past week and he's attempted at least eight free throws in three of Toronto's past five games. Head coach Dwane Casey hasn't been as quick to bench him lately but that could change with Patrick Patterson (elbow) nearing a return, so owners should be on the lookout for any change in JV's usage this week.