Valanciunas made his return to action after sitting out the last eight games due to an ankle sprain, and the big man was fairly effective during his limited minutes, most of which came in garbage time. It's unclear how much further Valanciunas will encroach on Bismack Biyombo's court time over the rest of the series, but if the Raptors fall behind again early on in Game 6, coach Dwane Casey could call upon the Lithuanian big man right away to get a more offensive-minded center on the floor.
James played a game-high 32 minutes despite the contest becoming a blowout in the first quarter, and he has scored 20 points or more in all 13 playoff bouts. James has also swiped two or more steals in all but one of those postseason affairs, and he is producing an exemplary average of 23.9 points (on 54 percent shooting) to go with 8.5 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 2.3 steals across 38 minutes here in the playoffs.
Irving continues to fill it up during the playoffs, and he has shown improved defense as well. He has scored 20 points or more in 11 of the 13 postseason contests, and his three-pointer has been falling with remarkable regularity. Irving has cooled off from beyond the arc in this series (26 percent), but he is is still averaging 23.8 points (47.8 FG, 45.3 3Pt, 84.0 FT), 4.8 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.4 steals across 36 minutes per game during the playoffs.
Love got back on track Wednesday after scoring just 13 points on five-of-23 from the field over the last two contests. This was the first time Love hit the 20-point mark since the previous series against Atlanta, and he now has five such showings through 13 playoff games. Love is struggling from the floor (39 percent) in the postseason, but he he has sunk 44 percent from beyond the arc while contributing 17.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists across 32 minutes.
Bogut, who has been whistled for 13 personal fouls during the first four games of the Western Conference Finals, is averaging just 14 minutes per game. He's picking them up quickly, forcing Kerr to sit him for long stretches. The coach understands the Warriors rebound better when Bogut is out there, so getting more foul-free minutes from Bogut would help the Warriors on the boards and defensively -- areas where Golden State has been weak in the series.
Valanciunas is feeling healthy enough that he'll be available to play Wednesday. However, Bismack Biyombo is expected to remain in the starting lineup and see the majority of the minutes, so any fantasy value Valanciunas may have had remains severely restricted. If the Cavaliers second unit continues to take the small-ball approach, it could be hard to find significant minutes for Valanciunas, but he should at least touch the floor at some point during Wednesday's Game 5.
Olynyk underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Monday after aggravating an existing injury in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks. Recovery for Olynyk is said to take in the realm of five months, give or take, before he can resume contact drills. Being that Olynyk underwent surgery on Monday, that will put his tentative return at around the beginning of the 2016-17 NBA season in mid-October. Because Olynyk elected to have the offseason surgery, it means that he will not be able to suit up for the Canadian national team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The 24-point margin of victory enabled Mohammed to see the floor for the first time this series. The Thunder typically count on Steven Adams, Enes Kanter and Serge Ibaka to handle all the minutes at center, so Mohammed probably won't be needed to play meaningful minutes in the postseason so long as those three options remain healthy.
With Stephen Curry returning from a knee injury to suit up for each of the last six games, McAdoo has been forced to occupy one of the Warriors' two inactive spots. Unless the team suffers another major injury to a rotation player, look for McAdoo to remain inactive for the rest of the playoffs.
When asked how close he feels to 100% healthy, the center replied, "Close. I'm ready to go. Percentage wise? I don't know. My ankle doesn't say percentage." Valanciunas hasn't taken the floor the past seven games due to a sprained ankle, including Game 4 on Monday, for which he active and available. If he does play on Wednesday, he is likely to see his minutes restricted playing behind red-hot Bismack Biyombo.