Jonas Valanciunas does his best Steph Curry impersonation in Pelicans' win over Clippers

Jonas Valanciunas has actually turned himself into a quite big-time offending gamer over the previous couple of seasons, and his capability on that end of the flooring is among the primary reasons the New Orleans Pelicans traded for him this summertime. But even they might not have actually anticipated nights like the one he had on Monday, when he did his finest Steph Curry impersonation in a 123-104 win over the Clippers. 

Valanciunas struck a 3-pointer for the Pelicans’ very first points of the video game and never ever recalled. He completed with a career-high 39 points, 15 rebounds and 3 helps. His 7 3-pointers, which all can be found in the very first half, were likewise a career-high. 

In the procedure he ended up being the very first gamer because Trevor Ariza in 2014 to address least 7 of 7 from 3-point variety in one half. Furthermore, he signed up with Curry as the only gamers in the league to set up 35 points, 10 rebounds and 7 threes in a video game this season. If you wish to extend those analytical markers even further, he’s just the 4th gamer in NBA history with a minimum of 35 points, 15 rebounds and 7 threes. 

But no matter which method you take a look at it, this was a sensational efficiency from Valanciunas. The Pelicans’ commentators were babbling by his 4th make, and by the 6th one — which rattled around the rim and in some way decreased — his colleagues were leaping up and down on the bench in a craze. 

Thanks to Valanciunas’ hot start, the Pelicans leapt out to a 15-point lead after the very first quarter and had the ability to coast from there. His just 3-point effort in the 2nd half came early in the 4th quarter and had his colleagues up off the bench. Unfortunately that a person missed out on so severely it didn’t even strike the rim. 

No concerns, as Valanciunas closed the program with a breakaway slam that had the Pels’ commentators shouting “dance on ’em, Jonas!”

“The guys were calling him ‘Dirk’ Valanciunas,” Pelicans coach Willie Green stated. “But we want him shooting. We want him shooting the ball when he’s open. He still wants to go to the post, which I love about him. He’s a physical guy, but just explaining to him how it’s gonna open our offense up with his ability to shoot the ball the way he can, and it was amazing tonight.”

Expecting Valanciunas to have nights like this regularly is clearly impractical, however if he can be a genuine hazard from 3-point variety that would do marvels for the Pelicans, particularly when Zion Williamson returns. The Pelicans’ young star is a dominant interior force, and his life would be a lot easier if Valanciunas can step outdoors and clear the lane for his vibrant drives to the basket. 

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