Sometimes when you’re feeling it, you just got to let it fly.
That must have been how Jonas Valanciunas felt when he teed up just his second 3-pt attempt of the season in the middle of the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. Having never hit a shot from beyond the arc in three previous attempts in his career, it seemed unlikely the Raps’ center would pull up from deep during the Raptors’ regular-season finale. But that’s exactly what he did – and it was a step back at that.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 13, 2017
The big shot got Patrick Patterson and the rest of the Raptors bench hyped, which is to be expected given Valanciunas entered the game having chucked just three attempts from long range in 9467 NBA minutes. Valancionas has had a predictably up-and-down season but is shooting a career-high 81 percent from the charity stripe and hauling in a personal-best 9.5 rebounds per game.
Next up for Valanciunas and the Raptors: the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of their first-round Eastern Conference series.