Something about the playoffs brings out the best in Jonas Valanciunas.
The Raptors center made franchise history when he finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in Game 2 of Toronto’s playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks. He now has 11 double-doubles in his post-season career which ties him with Antonio Davis for the most in franchise playoff history.
The 24-year-old was able to attain the record in just 22 minutes of action.
— All Ball (@allballapp) April 19, 2017
Though it took the Lithuanian native 25 post-season games to achieve the mark compared to just 17 for Davis, it’s a stark contrast to what we’ve seen in the regular season. Consider this, JV has recorded a double-double in 30 percent of his regular season contests (107 in 363 career games). Whereas in the playoffs, Valanciunas is able to reach double-digits in points and rebounds 44 percent of the time.
Perhaps the post-season’s slower pace and physicality are conducive for the Raps big man to thrive and they’ll need his best in the remaining games of their first-round series.