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Valanciunas Impresses In Debut, Raptors To Play Up-Tempo In His Minutes

Jonas Valanciunas had two points, zero rebounds and two blocks in 13 minutes, his first preseason game with the Toronto Raptors.

“He was where he was supposed to be on offensive sets and defensive situations and he opened up Andrea (Bargnani) on his rolls and those things create shots for other players but he doesn’t get credited on the stat sheet for them,” Dwane Casey said.

“I thought he came in and did an excellent job. For being off and coming in his first NBA game and going against three of the most physical inside players in the league, I thought he did a good job.”

“I felt better the second time I came in because that was my first time in the NBA, but I was still not showing 100 per cent results,” said Valanciunas.

The Raptors hope to play more up-tempo when Valanciunas is on the floor.

Via Doug Smith/Toronto Star
 

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