May 25, 2016, 4:41 pm
According to Raptors head coach Dwayne Casey, Jonas Valanciunas will not be a minutes restriction for Game 5 on Wednesday night.
The Lithuanian big man is expected to make his long-awaited return to the Raptors after being out of the line-up since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Casey later expressed reluctance in pulling ECF star Bismack Biyombo out of the starting lineup and admitted that JV would be a bad match against Channing Frye. Expect Valanciunas to get some minutes tonight to get his legs under him and to regain his conditioning off the bench. He’ll have a short leash if he struggles on defense against a vengeful Cavaliers team tonight. The Raptors need him to return to his pre-injury form to help complete their dream run in the remaining best-of-three in the Eastern Conference Finals.