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View Poll Results: Who was your player of the game yesterday?
Demar 2 10.53%
Ross 3 15.79%
Gay 1 5.26%
Val 2 10.53%
Lowry 0 0%
Hansbrough 11 57.89%
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can Jonas Valanciunas become the Toronto Raptors’ defensive anchor?


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BOSTON—He is but 21 years old, still something of a stranger in a strange land, still trying to learn the nuances of his craft but if much was asked of Jonas Valanciunas in his rookie NBA season, more will be demanded of him in his sophomore year.

It may be unfair to put such a burden on a young and basically unproven talent but if the Raptors are to ascend in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, the 7-foot Lithuanian will have to make major and immediate strides.

He will be asked to become a defensive anchor and an offensive fulcrum, a force at both ends of the court.

Too much responsibility? Too bad.

“I’m going to accept that, it’s kind of good when you feel that trust from the coaches and front office,” Valanciunas said before the Raptors’ 97-89 exhibition win over the Celtics Monday night. “So I have to do my job, I have to help the team and everything is going to be okay.”

LEWENBERG: Raptors VICTORIOUS IN SLOPPY PRESEASON DEBUT


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After a long summer of off-court activity and speculation the Raptors finally got back to work on Monday night, opening the preseason with a 97-89 win over the new-look Celtics.

An impressive showing in some regard, the Raptors' victory was filled with the rust you would expect after a long layoff and the addition of several new players to coach Dwane Casey's roster.

Rudy Gay and newcomer Tyler Hansbrough led all scorers with 17 apiece for the Raptors, who turned the ball over 26 times leading to 26 Celtics points.

Toronto overcame its miscues thanks in large part to efficient offensive production and a complete defensive effort, on par with what Casey has preached throughout the early portion of training camp. The Raptors shot 52 per cent from the field, holding Boston to 40 per cent and out-rebounding them 46-26.

DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 13 points while sophomores Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 and 10 respectively.

Raptors duo spend a dream week with Hakeem Olajuwon



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BOSTON - A week with a Hall of Famer sharing his knowledge of the game doesn’t come cheap.

For Raptors’ forward Rudy Gay and Austin Daye, who didn’t have to foot the bill, the experience was a once in a lifetime sort of thing.

At the request of the Raptors, both men along with some front office types and even assistant coach Nick Nurse spent portions of a week this summer with Hakeem (the Dream) Olajuwon picking his brain and learning and (for the players) mimicking the moves that made Olajuwon the Dream and generally just soaking up whatever they could from the man.

Reported estimates have the cost of Olajuwon’s expertise starting at $15,000 per week and rising to as much as $100,000 for a month-long tutorial.

Neither player was willing to provide any insight into just how much the Raptors paid.
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I'm really impressed with DeRozan's performance vs the celtics
His 3 point shooting wasn't as good as the intra-squad game but his post game and handles looks more polished
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I'm really impressed with DeRozan's performance vs the celtics
His 3 point shooting wasn't as good as the intra-squad game but his post game and handles looks more polished
ye, but two of those threes were contested and from deep at the end of the shot clock. I want to see what he does with the open look
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great idea to add the player vids box1992. thanks for your work on this.
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great idea to add the player vids box1992. thanks for your work on this.
No worries, I have midterms now, so I might miss some of these days, will do as many as I can though.
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It's funny that people think that DD or Gay played well.

I would disagree on Both DD and Gay, I would say they are not playing team ball, from watching the game I came with a conclussion that they want to get their pts average, which hurts the team, badly. They have no idea how to use a center, how to pass the ball to the man after pick'n'roll, everyone knows that they are going to shoot the ball, or pass it back and try again one on one.

I loved Lowry's game, I loved JV's game minus those fouls(which I would say two of those fouls shouldn't even be whistled.), I loved Ross Game who actually outplayed DD.
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wanted to vote valanciunas, but Tyler did great as well
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