CLEVELAND -- Raptors coach Dwane Casey took a few moments prior to Tuesdays game in Cleveland to answer some questions about his team, as well as the Cavaliers. The Raptors (6-19) have won two straight overall -- but have lost 11 consecutive road games.
Question:How is rookie center Jonas Valanciunas doing?
Casey: Hes coming along. Hes a typical rookie -- hes had some good moments and hes still learning. Every night is a lesson for him. He gives 110 percent, but like any rookie, hes learning about the NBA and the nuances of the game. But hes getting better, learning different situations and were very pleased with his progress.
Q: Why werent you scared off by his overseas contract when he entered the 2011 draft (Valanciunas was selected fifth overall but did not play in the NBA last season)?
Casey: We knew last year was a lockout season and itd be just as beneficial for him to play overseas and get the experience. We think its going to pay off down the road. It was a short-term s...