Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Scores nine points in 18 minutes during Game 5 loss
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(9:04 am ET) Valanciunas (ankle) had nine points (4-4 FG, 1-2 FT) and one assist across 18 minutes during the Raptors' 116-78 loss to the Cavaliers in Wednesday's Game 5.

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.


Cavaliers' LeBron James: Scores 23 points in Wednesday's Game 5 win against Raptors
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(2:46 am ET) James finished with 23 points (10-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-3 FT), eight assists, six rebounds, two steals, and one block across 32 minutes during the Cavaliers' 116-78 victory over the Raptors in Wednesday's Game 5.

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.


Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving: Scores 23 points in Wednesday's Game 5 win
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(2:38 am ET) Irving recorded 23 points (9-17 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three rebounds, three assists, three steals, and one block across 27 minutes during the Cavaliers' 116-78 win over the Raptors in Wednesday's Game 5.

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.


Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Scores 25 points in Wednesday's Game 5 win
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(2:30 am ET) Love logged 25 points (8-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT), two rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one assist across 24 minutes during the Cavaliers' 116-78 victory versus the Raptors in Wednesday's Game 5.

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.


Warriors' Andrew Bogut: Needs to avoid foul trouble
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(5/25/2016) Bogut needs "to be smarter with his fouls," said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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.


Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Available to play Wednesday
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(5/25/2016) Coach Dwane Casey said Valanciunas (ankle) will be available to play Wednesday and that the teams hopes "to get him in, find him some minutes and get his feet wet..", Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports.

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.


Celtics' Kelly Olynyk: Out for five months post surgery
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(5/25/2016) Olynyk (shoulder) said that he will be out for about five months, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports.

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.


Thunder's Nazr Mohammed: Sees the floor in garbage time in Game 4
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(5/25/2016) Mohammed played one minute and grabbed a rebound in Tuesday's 118-94 Game 4 win over the Warriors.

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.


Warriors' James McAdoo: Inactive for last six games
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(5/25/2016) McAdoo (coach's decision) was inactive for Tuesday's 118-94 Game 4 loss to the Thunder.

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.


Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Ready to go for Game 5
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(5/25/2016) Valanciunas (ankle) said he is ready to go for Wednesday's Game 5 tilt with the Cavaliers, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports.

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.


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