Raptors' big man puts in sizeable effort as Toronto tops Pistons

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 02:00:42 PM. Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Raptors to a 116-94 pre-season victory over the Pistons at the Air Canada Centre.
When Jonas Valanciunas lined up for a three-point shot Tuesday night, Detroit's Andre Drummond made no move to come out to guard him. Drummond instead waved a dismissive hand at the Toronto Raptors big man as if to say it wasn't worth his effort. Valanciunas missed on the three-point point attempt, but got the better of Drummond a couple of minutes later, shimmying past the Pistons centre for a basket on a solid night for the Lithuanian. Miles leads Raptors to pre-season win over Pistons0:29 Valanciunas finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Raptors to a 116-94 pre-season victory over the Pistons at the Air Canada Centre. "He's done an excellent job and I'm not even looking at his scoring," said coach Dwane Casey. "His reads, his rolling to the right place, understanding he has to be an outlet if they're blitzing and he's doing a good job with that, catching and making a decision, whether it's scoring or making the pass. "Just a feel, the rebounding, the toughness he showed, screens, all the things that he's doing." Miles has 19-point performance Newcomer C.J. Miles had five three-pointers as part of a 19-point performance, Serge Ibaka added 14 points, DeMar DeRozan finished with 13, Jakob Poeltl chipped in with 12, and Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet had 10 apiece. Ish Smith had 22 points to top Detroit (2-2). The 25-year-old Valanciunas had been virtually written off by many last season as being left behind by the NBA's trend toward an up-tempo, three-point...Read more
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