March 10, 2017, 7:40 pm
Coming off a monster game against the Pelicans, Jonas Valanciunas couldn’t quite keep the momentum going but still posted an 11 point, 12 rebound double-double.
JV always seems to have trouble against Dwight Howard but he wasn’t too bad tonight. He missed some early looks on jump shots and finished 5-of-12 from the field but at least was able to add two steals and two swats. More importantly, Valanciunas saw court time in the fourth quarter again- just the second time that’s happened since the trade deadline. He was removed for P.J. Tucker as the Raps went with a small closing lineup, but we’re talking baby steps here. Big Science has been just inside the top-120 over the past few weeks and he won’t have much room for improvement if he only plays three quarters.