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Toronto Raptors

Name  Jonas Valanciunas
Born  5/6/1992
Height  7-0
Weight  257
College  None
Hot4/22/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: The Raptors turned things around Tuesday in Game 2 and a lot of the credit goes to second-year big man Jonas Valanciunas (15 points, 14 rebounds).
Insight: He's had a monster series, averaging 16 ppg and 16 rpg on 54.5 percent shooting. We'll see if Valanciunas has any magic left for Friday night's Game 3 in Brooklyn.
Hot4/19/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas did his best to keep Toronto in Game 1 of the series with Brooklyn, grabbing 18 rebounds to go along with 17 points, two assists and a pair of blocks.
Insight: The 18 rebounds was a team record for the postseason. He averaged 11.3 ppg and 8.8 rpg during the regular season, so Game 1 was a huge step up.
Hot4/11/2014 11:08:00 PM
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas had a career-high 21 boards to go with 14 points Friday against the Knicks.
Insight: Valanciunas has posted three straight double-doubles and averaged 17.4 points and 11.3 rebounds over his last nine games.
Hot4/9/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks over 37 minutes Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Insight: It was Valanciunas' first game since he was arrested for a DUI on Monday. The 21-year-old center has averaged 15.8 points and 9.2 rebounds over his last 14 games.
4/7/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas was arrested for DUI on Monday morning. SOURCE: Megan Robinson, Sportsnet
Insight: Valanciunas is due to appear in court on April 22nd. He's averaged 18.0 ppg and 9.3 rpg during Toronto's three-game winning streak.
Hot4/6/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas has averaged 33.8 minutes, 16.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks over his last seven games.
Insight: Valanciunas had 17 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and one block Saturday against the Bucks. Toronto played the 21-year-old only 27.2 minutes per game over his first 63 games but has given him 32.4 per contest over the last 13.
Hot3/31/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas has averaged 34.8 minutes, 15.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 steals over his last four games.
Insight: Valanciunas had 14 points, 10 rebounds and a steal in 32 minutes Monday at Miami.
3/30/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points, nine rebounds, one block and one steal Sunday at Orlando.
Insight: Valanciunas has averaged 29.4 minutes per game in March after playing just 25.3 in February and 26.9 in January.
3/23/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas (13 points, 13 rebounds) posted a double-double Sunday in a win over Atlanta.
Insight: It's his 19th double-double of the season. Valanciunas only took four shots in the game, though he went to the free throw line ten times. The 21-year-old from Lithuania has averaged 11.7 ppg in ten contests this month.
3/21/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas is back in the starting lineup Friday against OKC. SOURCE: Raptors Media Relations on Twitter
Insight: He missed one game with a lower back injury. Tyler Hansbrough (5.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg) will come off the bench after starting in Valanciunas' place Wednesday against the Pelicans.
3/21/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas missed Wednesday's game, but is questionable for Friday's game against Oklahoma City.
Insight: He's dealing with a sprained lower back. He did go through warmups Wednesday, so he can't be far off.
3/19/2014 7:39:00 PM
Description: As expected, Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas will not play Wednesday against the Pelicans. SOURCE: Josh Lewenberg, TSN 1050
Insight: He's out with a sprained lower back. Head coach Dwayne Casey has decided to give Tyler Hansbrough the start at center though Chuck Hayes should see time there as well.
3/19/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas isn't expected to play Wednesday against New Orleans. SOURCE: Mike Ganter, Toronto Sun
Insight: Valanciunas sprained his lower back last night in Atlanta. He hasn't missed a game yet this season. Tyler Hansbrough (5.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg) and Chuck Hayes (2.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg) are both candidates to start in his place.
3/19/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas (lower back strain) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.
Insight: Valanciunas suffered the injury Tuesday at Atlanta. He's been playing well, averaging 18 points and 6.3 rebounds over his last three games. If Valanciunas cannot play Wednesday, Chuck Hayes, Steve Novak and Tyler Hansbrough will see more minutes.
3/18/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas suffered a lower back sprain Tuesday versus the Hawks. SOURCE: Raptors Media Relations on Twitter
Insight: He's done for the night. Valanciunas will finish with 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting. The undersized Chuck Hayes (6-foot-6) is filling in at center.
3/14/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas played 36 minutes Friday, his most since Dec. 31.
Insight: Toronto coach Dwane Casey has kept the 21-year-old Valanciunas' minutes around 26 per game since the January began. He hadn't played more than 29 in any of his previous 12 games. He responded to the increased playing time with 23 points, nine rebounds and one steal Friday against the Grizzlies, who have last season's Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol at center.
2/19/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: According to the Toronto Sun, Raptors coach Dwane Casey said he will manage his frontcourt rotation based on matchups.
Insight: The 21-year-old Jonas Valanciunas has started 53 games for Toronto this season but averaged 27.7 minutes, 10.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks, but he has played just 25.4 minutes per game in February.
Hot1/29/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Make it three straight double-doubles for Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas after he had 14 points and 15 rebounds Wednesday.
Insight: In the six games prior to the streak of double-doubles, Valanciunas averaged just 21 minutes, 5.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, but he has played 32+ minutes in the last three.
Cold1/19/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas played just 14 minutes and had four points Sunday against the Lakers.
Insight: Valanciunas has scored five points or less in three straight games. He hasn't made the expected leap forward in his second season after finishing strong as a rookie and is averaging 10.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
12/27/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas had a big night Friday versus the Knicks.
Insight: He finished with 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as the Raptors walked away 95-83 winners. Valanciunas, who leads the team with 8.3 rpg this season, has posted double-digit points in each of his last eight appearances. That's his longest streak since last April when he had 12 in a row.

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