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Jonas Valanciunas vs DeMarcus Cousins vs Anthony Davis

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I’ve been fascinated with Jonas Valanciunas lately. Everything from his efficient play and underrated defensive presence to his lack of playing time and crestfallen body language in the locker room after a tough game – it’s all an intriguing development. The whole situation has spurred me to write about him twice in the past month (here and here). As we ... Read More »

As Kyle Lowry Goes, So Do The Raptors

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As the best overall player on the Toronto Raptors, Kyle Lowry took it upon himself to take over the leading man role when DeMar DeRozan went down with a groin injury in Dallas back on November 28th. He knew it wouldn’t necessarily be easy and fans were rightfully concerned. Where were the Raptors going to find those 19 points per ... Read More »

Jonas Valanciunas and Lithuania’s Proud Basketball History

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There comes a time in every man’s life when guys younger than yourself begin getting drafted to North American professional sport leagues. It’s happened to most of us, and is oftentimes paired with the realization that maybe playing professional sports one day just isn’t in the cards. With the NHL’s draft eligibility system in place, this harsh reality usually sets ... Read More »

Raptors practice: Landry Fields still struggling with his shot

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Landry Fields spent the after-maths of practice doing the standard cool-downs any other player does. He was relaxed, going through the motions. Patrick Patterson is shooting free-throws, Tyler Hansborough is drilling three-pointers (trust me, he always does in a warm-up/practice setting, he just has to be completely wide-open and stress-free to do it), and Landry Fields is jogging across the ... Read More »

Tyler Hansbrough’s Underrated Role on the Toronto Raptors

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If you search the name Tyler Hansbrough on YouTube, the majority of videos that immediately appear will not be highlight mixes featuring posterizing putbacks or finesse finishes around the rim. Alternatively, the search results will be populated with on-court altercations involving the 6’9” power forward throughout his five-plus seasons in the NBA. You will see clips titled Tyler Hansbrough stands ... Read More »

Kyle Lowry Needs To Be An All-Star

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Duh. This is obvious, isn’t it? I’ll just lea– Hold up. You’re not convinced, you say? You don’t know why Kyle (Freakin’) Lowry is such a big deal, you say? You’re not even from Washington or Cleveland, you say? Well then, it looks like I will have to talk about this while subsequently slapping all of you nonbelievers with a ... Read More »

Recap: Raptors lose OT thriller at hands of Portland

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Top Performers: K. Lowry – 25 PTS, 5 AST, 7 REB J. Valanciunas – 14 PTS, 8 REB, 7/15 FG J. Johnson – 14 PTS, 11 REB D. Lillard – 26 PTS, 9 AST, 9/24 FG L. Aldridge – 23 PTS, 13 REB The Raptors started the game the way they usually do: feeding JV down low. He was extra ... Read More »

Kyle Lowry slays point-guards for a living

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Jeff Teague, Mike Conley, Kyrive Irving, Goran Dragic, Ty Lawson, Deron Williams, Chris Paul. All of these point guards have one thing in common (apart from being pretty good) – they’ve all been defeated by Kyle Lowry and his boisterous Raptors squad. Like a fine wine, Lowry just gets better with age. As the seasons go by, he gets better. ... Read More »

Sweet Lou’s Case for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award

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It was nearing spring in 2005 when my family and I visited New York City during the annual March Break allocated to Canadian elementary school students. 2005 was a time before secondary ticket market websites such as StubHub were prominent and when making credit card purchases over the Internet was still met with skepticism by traditionalist families. However, my father ... Read More »

Looking at Valanciunas’ usage and growth in the NBA

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Jonas Valanciunas’ role in Dwane Casey’s system has been a mystery ever since the Lithuanian played his first game for the Raptors on November 1st, 2012 against the Pacers. In that game Jonas played 23 minutes, scored 12 points, grabbed ten rebounds, and blocked one shot. That night, immediately following the final whistle, we knew that Jonas Valanciunas is not ... Read More »

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