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Jonas Valanciunas | Center | #17

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 265
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (5) / TOR
Contract: view contract details

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Jonas Valanciunas' Game 5 minutes will depend on the Cavaliers' personnel, according to Raptors head coach Dwane Casey.
Valanciunas didn't play in Game 4 on Monday, but will be available depending on whom the Cavaliers play on Wednesday. We'll likely see more of JV if the Cavaliers go big, but if it's Kevin Love and Channing Frye operating at the five-spot, that could prove to be too tough of a cover for the big man coming off an ankle injury. Bismack Biyombo remains the preferable DFS target. May 24 - 11:54 AM

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Jonas Valanciunas did not play in Game 4 on Monday.

The Raptors got off to a fantastic start to keep Valanciunas on the bench. Plus, the Cavs went with a lot of space on their offense, which would've made it really hard to use JV on defense. He'll have a couple days off before Game 5 on Wednesday.
May 23 - 11:44 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) is active and available off the bench against the Cavs on Monday night.

Well, the Raptors get some help here. Coach Dwane Casey said Valanciunas will be limited in his first game back since May 7. The Raptors were going small a ton more often in Game 1 and 2, but they went with the bigger lineups in Game 3. Bismack Biyombo should still be a decent bet for minutes close to 30, especially with JV being limited and possibly having a tough time chasing 3-point shooters off the bench. Valanciunas isn't a fantasy option in DFS yet.
May 23 - 7:34 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) will warm up for Game 4 on Monday and see how he feels after that.

If he can play, he will be limited. Valanciunas has been out since he sprained his ankle in Game 3 against the Heat and this will be a tough matchup for him. The Cavs are expected to space the floor a lot, which makes it even tougher on his balky ankle. If he can go, his playing time will likely come from Luis Scola and Bismack Biyombo. We'll add any additional updates during warmups. Stay tuned.
May 23 - 6:51 PM

Updating a previous item, Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Monday's Game 4 vs. Cleveland.

Previously dubbed a game-time call, the momentum continues to move in the right direction for Valanciunas to play. At this point, it would be a little surprising if JV didn't at least see the floor in some capacity. However, there is no question Valanciunas will be limited if he is out there, so expect Bismack Biyombo to still play a large role in a crucial Game 4 matchup.
May 23 - 1:45 PM

After going through Monday's shootaround, Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) has been upgraded to a game-time decision for Game 4 vs. Cleveland.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, "signs are that [Valanciunas] will play," but TSN's Josh Lewenberg reports that JV's chances are "worse than 50-50." Although Valanciunas is sore and the Raptors are remaining tight-lipped about his status, there seems to be some optimism that he'll be able to give it a go after previously being listed as doubtful. If he does play, it wouldn't be surprising to see Valanciunas come off the bench behind Bismack Biyombo. Stay tuned.
May 23 - 11:25 AM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Monday's Game 4 against the Cavs.

Valanciunas did do some on-court work during Sunday's practice, but it doesn't sound like he's progressed enough to be able to take the court for Game 4. We should have another update on his status following Monday morning's shootaround, but it's looking like Bismack Biyombo will again be the starting center for Toronto on Monday.
May 22 - 4:43 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) did some work on the court during Sunday's practice, and head coach Dwane Casey said he will be re-evaluated on Monday.

It's unclear exactly what Valanciunas did during practice, but it doesn't sound like he took any contact, and he doesn't seem all that likely to be able to suit up for Game 4. We should have another update following Monday morning's shootaround, but it's looking like it will again be Bismack Biyombo logging major minutes as Toronto's starting center for Game 4.
May 22 - 3:07 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) will not play on Saturday in Game 3.

He'll said "we'll see" during his pre-game warmups, but he's not going through layup lines. Bismack Biyombo will start and really needs a better game. He's been exposed quite a bit in this series. Valanciunas should be considered doubtful for Monday.
May 21 - 8:18 PM

Jonas Valanciunas said "we'll see" when asked if he will play in Game 3 on Saturday.

Coach Dwane Casey said Valanciunas wouldn't play today, but now the door is open for his best postseason player to suit up. Valanciunas is reportedly looking good during warmups, but it would still be a surprise to see him out there. We'll keep you posted.
May 21 - 7:21 PM

Raptors coach Dwane Casey told ESPN reporter Mike Breen that Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) definitely won't play in Game 3 on Saturday.

"Jonas Valanciunas. He will definitely not play in Game 3, according to Dwane Casey," Breen said. "He's still not close. They're hoping maybe Game 4, but you get the feeling that's wishful thinking." This is devastating news for a Toronto team that has lost the first two games of the series against the Cavs. With J-Val out on Saturday, Bismack Biyombo will do his best to fill the void.
Source: CBS Sports
May 20 - 1:27 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) will miss Game 2 against the Cavaliers on Thursday.

While doesn't come as a huge surprise since Valanciunas came into Thursday listed as doubtful, Bismack Biyombo will get again get the start for JV on Thursday. We'll keep an eye on his status for Game 3, but Valanciunas may be running out of chances to return as the Cavs are steamrolling through the playoffs.
Source: ESPN
May 19 - 1:03 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) said he's only at 50 percent.

That doesn't bode well for the Raptors after they were demolished in the paint in Game 1 on Tuesday. General manager Masai Ujiri added Valanciunas would be the best big man in the series. The Raptors look like they might have to settle for Bismack Biyombo the rest of the way in what could just be a four-game series.
May 18 - 3:09 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (sprained right ankle) has officially been ruled out for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Cavs.

Valanciunas isn't expected to be available for Thursday's Game 2 either, although Toronto is currently listing him as day-to-day, and they will update his status "as appropriate." Bismack Biyombo will continue to start and log major minutes in Valanciunas' absence, and he remains a strong option in DFS.
May 17 - 3:36 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) is not expected to play in Game 1 and is unlikely for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Cleveland.

Dwane Casey refuses to rule out JV for the series, but it's clear Valanciunas is still hurting and remains without a timetable to return. The big man still has a significant limp and is not participating in any known basketball activities. Saturday's Game 3 would seemingly represent his earliest opportunity to return, but it's possible (and perhaps likely) Valanciunas is out for longer than that, as well. For as long as he's sidelined, Bismack Biyombo will continue to start.
May 16 - 12:16 PM

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