Positive Start For Valanciunas

Call it small first step for Jonas Valanciunas.

The Raptors rookie centre saw just over 13 minutes of work in his first appearance on Wednesday since suffering a calf strain and finished with two points and two blocks (I saw three) in a Raptors 101-99 loss to the Pistons.

Head coach Dwane Casey said Valanciunas did an “excellent job” given the context of his first game and competition in the form of a big Detroit frontline.

“He was where he was supposed to be a lot on his offensive sets and ...

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Valanciunas Could Debut Against Pistons

The wait to see Jonas Valanciunas in action may be over soon.

That was the news out of Tuesday’s practice, as it was revealed the rookie centre participated in full contact drills at Tuesday’s practice and, as a result, could be ready to see minutes on Wednesday against the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

“We’re going to see how his body feels tomorrow after going through today and then we’ll make the decision,” said head coach Dwane Casey. “Again, the young man hasn’t done anything for us in ...

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Rookie Concert In Halifax

Things we’re thankful for? Rookies that can get down — like the trio of Quincy Acy, Jonas Valanciunas and (to a lesser extent) Terrence Ross for a little team initiation at yesterday’s intrasquad scrimmage in Halifax.

Happy Thanksgiving to all Raptors fans celebrating this weekend. We’ll have more from Sunday’s practice later today as the Raptors prepare to open preseseason play against Real Madrid on Monday.

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Fields, Magloire Wrap Up Training Camp

It’s a wrap from Raptors Training Camp at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax. We’ve got a couple extra one-on-ones, including Landry Fields on his first training camp with the Raptors and veteran centre Jamaal Magloire for his take on what he’s seen with the team throughout the week.

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Raptors Training Camp Recap: Day Four

Thursday was the final day of training camp at the Canada Games Centre for the Raptors and we’ve got video from after the morning session.

Head coach Dwane Casey expressed that he was much more satisfied with Thursday’s practice than the lone session on Wednesday, particularly in terms of the Raptors’ execution at the offensive end. We’ve got more from Casey, plus Ed Davis on his first proper training camp experience and director of sports science Alex McKechnie with a brief update on Jonas Valanciunas.

The Raptors finish their stay here on ...

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Raptors Training Camp Recap: Day Three

Thursday represented the lightest day of training camp for the Raptors in Halifax, with just the one morning practice before getting the rest of the day off.

It might have come just in time as head coach Dwane Casey noted that fatigue might have been setting in somewhat with his players after a fifth practice session in three days. We’ve got more from Casey, along with interviews with DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson below.

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More From Gray, Lucas…

We’ve got more Training Camp video from Day 2 in Halifax, as Matt Devlin took some time to speak with centre Aaron Gray and new point guard John Lucas III.

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Raptors Training Camp Recap: Day Two

We’ve got more video from Day 2 of Raptors Training Camp, including head coach Dwane Casey, Andrea Bargnani, Terrence Ross one-on-one with Sherman Hamilton and more from Kyle Lowry. More to come from the evening session…

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Lowry, Anderson One-On-Ones

We’ve got a little more from Day One of Raptors Training Camp, as Sherman Hamilton of NBA TV Canada sat down with Kyle Lowry and Alan Anderson for some one-on-ones. More from Day Two in Halifax to come…

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Raptors Training Camp Recap: Day One

The Raptors tipped off Training Camp on Tuesday with their first of four two-a-day practice sessions this week at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax.  First up after the morning workout was head coach Dwane Casey, who spoke about an early focus on re-establishing the team’s defensive foundation early, a rough approximation of Kyle Lowry’s “swag quotient”, progress for third-year forward Ed Davis and much more.

Speaking of Valanciunas, the rookie big man continues to recover from a calf strain that sidelined him in informal workouts in Toronto last week, but ...

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