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Casey Considered Moving Valanciunas Out Of Starting Lineup

The Toronto Raptors have a 4-16 record as they continued a frustrating road trip on Friday with a 131-99 loss at the Utah Jazz.

Dwane Casey admitted that the Raptors considered changing the starting lineup by inserting Amir Johnson for Jonas Valanciunas, but decided not to after reviewing game film of Wednesday's game.

“I hinted at possible lineup changes, but again I think that would send the wrong message,” he said. “We want to be patient with our young kid (Valanciunas) and sometimes it’s frustrating. Sometimes he’s frustrated a little bit but he’s growing. As many mistakes as he’s making, he’s also growing.”

Valanciunas is averaging 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 20.7 minutes over his past five games.

“We’re patient with Jonas and we’re going to keep the lineup the same. Again, if we get in trouble we still have Amir and Eddy (Davis) who are doing an excellent job of bringing energy, athleticism, speed and quickness to the table in case we get in trouble.”

Via Doug Smith/Toronto Star

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