C - MEM
Jonas Valanciunas was a beast in Saturday's play-in game, putting up 22 points (8-16 FG, 6-6 FT) along with a team-high 17 rebounds, six assists, and one turnover in 34 minutes of play in a tough 126-122 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Valanciunas and Jusuf Nurkic were both equally as dominant in the post in Saturday's play-in game. Still, Nurkic was able to best him to secure the critical victory - and the 8th seed in the Western Conference. Valanciunas had a resurgence this season and looks to have found a new home with a bright future in Memphis. Valanciunas is trending up for next season as one of the more reliable centers in the NBA, finishing the regular season with averages of 14.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.1 blocks across 70 games this year.
Jonas Valanciunas went off in Thursday's Western Conference Play-In-clinching win over the Bucks, recording his first career triple-double, scoring 26 points (11-17 FG, 2-3 3PT, 2-2 FT) with 19 rebounds, 12 assists, one block, and three turnovers in 32 minutes.
Valanciunas was more of a Point Center in this one, grabbing 19 boards while also notching a career-high 12 assists. What's more, he's never recorded more than five assists in a single game prior to the 12 dimes he dished out today. He was active in all facets of the game and played a big part in the Grizzlies huge win over the Bucks. They'll now wait to see if they face the Trail Blazers or the Suns in the Western Conference Play-In game Saturday.
Jonas Valanciunas racked up 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-6 FT), 10 rebounds, and two steals in 25 minutes of play as Memphis fell to Boston Tuesday.
After failing to score on Sunday, Valanciunas has now recorded a double-double in five of seven games in the bubble. He'll get the chance to add a sixth against the Bucks on Thursday as the Grizzlies fight for the final playoff spot in the West.
Jonas Valanciunasput up 19 points (8-11 FG, 0-1 3PT, 3-3 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block over 24 minutes in Friday's 121-92 win over the Thunder.
Valanciunas has double-doubled in four straight outings as the Grizzlies try to squeak their way into the playoffs. Perhaps it's because he's only scoring 14.9 per game, but Valanciunas is quietly having a very good year. Now, with Jaren Jackson Jr. out he'll have more opportunities to score while still holding onto his 11.2 rebounds per game. Nearly a lock for a double-double every night, Valanciunas is about as safe as they come.
Jonas Valanciunas registered 21 points (8-17 FG, 0-3 3PT, 5-6 FT), 14 rebounds, and three assists in Wednesday's 124-115 loss to the Jazz.
Valanciunas has been a double-double machine this year, logging his 33rd of the season on Wednesday. He's gotten a double-double in three straight games and failed to record double-digit rebounds only twice since the start of February. Given the injury to Jaren Jackson Jr., Valanciunas should see even more opportunity for the remainder of the season and will be a solid play any time he takes the court.