Game Preview: Raptors vs. Celtics

The regular season (finally!) gets underway tonight vs. the Boston Celtics (7 PM ET, TSN2, FAN590). 

 

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Valanciunas Eager To Build On Rookie Season

Jonas Valanciunas, shown here defending Minnesota centre Nikola Pekovic, will see plenty of contact this season.

 

The advice to Jonas Valanciunas from Rudy Gay is simple enough.

“I just tell him be himself,” Gay said. “Dominate.  Be the best big player on the court. Be the best big man on the court.

“Be the person we all know you can be and it‘ll be easy.”

Gay is wrong on one count. It won’t be easy.  Wrestling big men such as Indiana’s Roy Hibbert or the Nets’ Brook Lopez will never be easy.  Never mind that Valanciunas, a Lithuanian who did not play college ball in the U.S., has less experience ...

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Raptors Preview: We Have Answers

The Toronto Raptors enter the 2013-2014 as a story in search of an ending.

They have an intriguing list of characters and plenty of impending plot twists all of which will result in what?

The team’s first post-season appearance after a five-year hiatus built on the maturation of DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas as well as an uptick from Rudy Gay?

RELATED: NBA TV Raptors Season Preview

An exciting playoff race entices new general manager Masai Ujiri to stand pat?

A stumble from the gate that prompts Ujiri to dismantle the roster?

A season of short-term ...

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Updates Before The Raptors’ Final Preseason Game

The Raptors were ready for a physical battle against the Grizzlies on Wednesday and they delivered with a lopsided 108-72 preseason win at ACC on Wednesday. But there’s been a toll to pay on the injury front, with a mixed bag of results.

First is Kyle Lowry. The point guard was already having his best game of the preseason in the third quarter on Wednesday before he was forced out with an injury to his left ring finger.

 

Kyle Lowry has injured left ring finger tendon. He’ll require splint for approx. 6 ...

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A Closer Look At Season Two Of Open Gym

For those who can’t wait to see more of the #Raptors all access series Open Gym, take a closer look at a scene from the latest Summer League episode featuring DeMar DeRozan both at home and in the gym in Las Vegas.

… and, if you missed it, check out the trailer for Season 2 of Open Gym, which premieres on Oct. 29th at 7 PM ET only on NBA TV Canada.

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Throwback Thursday: On Rookie Duties, Pranks & Backpacks

Toronto Raptors  v Sacramento Kings

A new season brings new faces. New names splashed from shoulder to shoulder. That has definitely been the story here in Raps Nation for the past few. And some of those players reppin’ the claw are new to fans and also new to the whirlwind of the NBA. Ladies and ‘gents, our rookies.

The team has always taken care of them with warm welcomes and gifts to make them feel right at home as they tackle new grounds. To gently ease them into the mighty spotlight of the big bad NBA. ...

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Valanciunas Training With Lithuania

Fresh off his MVP-winning performance at NBA Summer League, Jonas Valanciunas has joined Lithuania’s senior men’s national team as they ramp up training for the 2013 EuroBasket tournament in September.

Click the photos below for more pics of Valanciunas in training (complete with a new look) courtesy of http://www.basketnews.lt. If you speak or read Lithuanian, you’ll find even more articles and video there as well.

We’ll continue to track JV when Lithuania gets on court for a couple of friendlies next week (August 5th & 6th) against Belgium.

 

 

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Valanciunas Named NBA Summer League MVP

We called for it in our Raptors NBA Summer League wrap up and it looks like the league was thinking the same way.

Congrats to Jonas Valanciunas for being named to the All-NBA Summer League Team AND earning NBA Summer League MVP honours!

Jonas Valanciunas has been named #NBASummerLeague MVP! He averaged 18.8 PTS (56.1% FG%), 10.0 REBS over 4 games for @Raptors

— NBA (@NBA) July 23, 2013

 

All-#NBASummerLeague Team: @KentBazemore20, GSW Jeff Taylor, CHA @_John_Henson_ , MIL Jonas Valanciunas, TOR @CodyZeller, CHA

— NBA (@NBA) July 23, 2013

 

Congrats JV! MVP MVP MVP! #Raptors

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Checking Out With The Raptors From Las Vegas

Thoughts after a wrapping up with the Raptors at another NBA Summer League experience in Las Vegas….

- This isn’t exactly an original sentiment and I fully acknowledge that it means nothing in the grand scheme, but Jonas Valanciunas was certainly Raptors MVP at NBA Summer League, should make the All-Tournament Team and deserves serious consideration for Summer League MVP.  [EDIT: Done and DONE!]

We’ve mentioned his noticeable development in terms of size and skill. Now bring on EuroBasket 2013, where the competition should ramp up considerably.

Acy Takes Aim

- Quincy Acy will always ...

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Valanciunas Out For Quarters At NBA Summer League

Jonas Valanciunas reviews video with Raptors assistant coach Bill Bayno after Friday’s practice at UNLV.

If the Raptors advance to the semis of the inaugural NBA Summer League Championship tournament, they’ll have to do it without Jonas Valanciunas.

Immediately prior to Saturday’s quarter-final matchup with the Phoenix Suns, the Raptors announced that Valanciunas sustained a sprained left index finger in Thursday’s game vs. Denver.

According to Raptors President of Basketball Operations and GM Masai Ujiri, the injury is not considered serious and Valanciunas is considered day-to-day.

Of course by sitting Valanciunas — quite ...

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