Jonas Valanciunas a game-time decision for Game 4 of Cavaliers-Raptors series
When the Raptors are rolling, they’re rolling.
Not only did they win Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, they could get Jonas Valanciunas back tonight against the Cavaliers.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN:
Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) upgraded to gametime decision. Signs are that he will play tonight for Raptors vs. Cavs.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) May 23, 2016
Bismack Biyombo has played well in Valanciunas’ absence, especially in Game 3. But Valanciunas – a far more skilled offensive player – would help, even if his sprained ankle still limits him.
The Cavs seem set on countering Biyombo with more Kevin Love-Channing Frye lineups. Those two could draw Biyombo out of the paint, improving Cleveland’s spacing. But Valanciunas could punish the Cavaliers on the other end with his interior scoring. Love and Frye are not ideal stoppers.
As both teams continue their chess match, it’d help Toronto to have Valanciunas as another piece to deploy.