May 3, 2017, 7:08 pm
Jonas Valanciunas led the Raptors in scoring on Wednesday despite playing just 20 minutes off the bench, finishing with 23 points and five boards against the Cavs.
He was an efficient 10-for-13 from the floor, but his scoring paints an overly rosy picture of his performance. Valanciunas still struggled defensively in a big way, as his lack of lateral quickness led to looks for the Cavs all night long. When the Cavs’ go small, with four shooters around LeBron James, Valanciunas becomes practically unplayable. The Raptors will need a mid series renaissance from their (formerly) starting center if they hope to get their season off of life support on Friday.