Update: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Valanciunas had 23 points and 15 rebounds to help the Raptors even their first-round series with the Pacers with a 98-87 victory on Monday.
It marked the Lithuanian's sixth career double-double in the playoffs, with two in this series. Valanciunas had 13 points in a game-opening 21-7 run after which Toronto never trailed. He punctuated his big night with an alley-oop slam for the Raptors' final basket.