March 9, 2018, 10:57 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Toronto Raptors
Jonas Valanciunas notched 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block and a pair of clutch free throws in 28 minutes as the Raptors picked up a huge home victory on Friday.
Valanciunas played one of the better games of his season, and perhaps his career, against a marquee opponent that looked like a tough matchup on paper. He still has work to do on defense but is far more engaged on that end of the floor and made a nice quick read to force a steal that led to a pair of DeMar DeRozan free throws which triggered the endgame sequence. Valanciunas also stepped to the line with a 106-105 lead and calmly knocked down both with 5.4 seconds left, setting the scoreboard to its final form. His fantasy owners have long-known that JV’s free throws are excellent for a big man, and tonight it played a key part in a big win. He’s been rolling of late and looks like the middle-round play that he’s always been expected to be, despite still getting minutes in the mid-twenties.