He was just like “Shit Imma do it” and then he did it. . . 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. Jonas Valanciunas has played 362 games through his first five seasons with the Toronto Raptors, but until Wednesday, he had never made a 3-pointer. In fact, he had only launched three shots from behind the arc coming into the Raptors’ final game of the season.
Midway through the second quarter, however, Valanciunas found himself all alone at the top of the key, and with the Raptors up nine in a meaningless game, he decided to let one fly.
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.