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Toronto Raptors extend solid start despite DeMar DeRozan’s absence

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports It takes time to develop an NBA franchise from an irrelevant bottom-feeder into a perennial presence in the league’s playoff-picture, and the Toronto Raptors were no exception, struggling through years of disappointment before finally becoming a respected player in the Eastern Conference. But when a team finds that delicate balance between success...
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Valanciunas leads way as Raptors hand Pistons 12th straight home loss

  Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points to lead a balanced offense as the Toronto Raptors beat Detroit 110-100 on Friday night, handing the Pistons their 12th straight home loss. Brandon Jennings scored 22 points to lead Detroit, which extended its single-season franchise record for consecutive home losses and moved within seven of the NBA record set by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks...
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(VIDEO) Jonas Valanciunas Blocks Shot and Breaks Out the Dikembe Finger Wag

posted by Romy Aquino (@romyaquino) Follow @romyaquino (VIDEO) Jonas Valanciunas Blocks Shot and Breaks Out the Dikembe Mutombo Finger Wag Jonas Valanciunas has been impressive for the Toronto Raptors in this last stretch of games and finished with 17 pts, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in Friday's win against the Pistons. After his block on the Pistons Brandon Jennings, JV brought...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Stagnating Andre Drummond Vs Rising Jonas Valanciunas

The Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas’ star has been rising with his team’s as the young center is off to the best start in his brief NBA career. Andre Drummond, on the other hand, is still putting up numbers that are comparable to his encouraging rookie year as the 5-21 Detroit Pistons could only wish this…
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Valanciunas Is Rebounding But Raptors Coach Casey Wants More

“(Jonas Valanciunas) is a lot stronger this year that’s for sure,” Amir Johnson said. “It’s hard for guys to box out a 7-footer, especially when you are in the paint. He has been able to hold his ground and grab boards for us which we need him to. He’s a big man in the paint and he’s been getting the job done for us and that’s all you can ask from a starting center...
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Valanciunas Dominates Pacers Hibbert In Raptors 106-94 Win

The Raptors out-rebounded the Pacers 52-39 as Jonas Valanciunas tore down 14 boards on route to his third consecutive double-double while Hibbert was held to just 6 points and 2 rebounds in the 106-94 Toronto victory. “To out-rebound a team like Indiana which is very physical and a paint-oriented team – to beat them 52-39, my hat’s off to our guys because that’s what we’ve...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors hand slumping Pacers seventh straight loss

TORONTO -- Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 14 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 26 and the Toronto Raptors beat Indiana 106-94 om Friday night, handing the slumping Pacers their seventh straight loss. James Johnson had 13 points, Patrick Patterson 11 and Grevis Vasquez scored seven of his 10 in the fourth quarter as the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors began a streak of six games...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Can A Traditional NBA Center Like Jonas Valanciunas Survive?

The Toronto Raptors are investing heavily in the development of their young traditional center Jonas Valanciunas, but in today’s NBA where stretch fours and fives abound and big men are found hanging around on the three-point line can a player that could be considered “paint-bound” thrive or even survive nowadays?
Via Pro Bball Report
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors player analysis: Jonas Valanciunas

Toronto Raptors player analysis: Jonas Valanciunas Often times, the evaluation of young talent in the NBA today is viewed through a shorter lens than ever before. Growing up in the NBA is still possible, but a player growing up in one or two years is not only preferred by teams, it’s now the expectation. NBA rookie contracts are structured on a four-year scale that allows a maximum...
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

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