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Fantasy Update

Mar 23, 2017
numberFire
Toronto Raptors guard/forward P.J. Tucker is likely to start for forward/center Serge Ibaka (suspension) against the Miami Heat on Thursday. What It Means: Ibaka is suspended for Thursday's contest for throwing a punch during Tuesday's matchup with the Chicago Bulls. Toronto will go smaller against a Heat team that's thin at the four. Norman Powell should also benefit and Jonas Valanciunas could get more run at center. numberFire's models project Tucker for 7.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in 32.1 minutes versus Miami. He's a solid DFS value...
National Post Mar 20, 2017
Toronto Raptors’ Jakob Poeltl emerges with meaningful minutes as the NBA playoffs loom

Toronto Raptors’ Jakob Poeltl emerges with meaningful minutes as the NBA playoffs loom

The rookie from Austria has usurped the time once given to Lucas Nogeiura off the bench and may push Jonas Valanciunas in time
Raptors HQ Mar 20, 2017
The Weekly Rap, March 20th-26th: This is March

The Weekly Rap, March 20th-26th: This is March

Taking a look at each Raptor’s best performance in the Big Dance. The Raptors were able to take the perfect backseat to March Madness last night. They did not cause me any extra stress while breezing past the Pacers without much trouble, and they forced a visibly frustrated Paul George to stop trying at both ends midway through the third quarter. While sitting in section 305 and furiously refreshing my phone for updates on the tourney, it got me thinking about the best performance each Raptor has had during March’s best event. Sadly, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas, Lucas Nogueira and,...
Raptors HQ Mar 17, 2017
The New Normal for Jonas Valanciunas

The New Normal for Jonas Valanciunas

The Raptors are changing around their fifth-year big, and Valanciunas’ more specialized role is suiting him just fine. Always good for peeling back the layers of the Toronto Raptors, Open Gym has provided another indelible moment. Shortly after the trade deadline, Jonas Valanciunas and Raptors president Masai Ujiri connected in practice, sharing this exchange. #JonasValanciunas thanks #MasaiUjiri for not trading him at the deadline. Ujri's response: "you are way better than Drummond." (via Open Gym) #BALLGOD A post shared by ☆Basketball Heaven (@ballgod) on Mar 15, 2017 at 6:18pm...
Rotoworld Mar 16, 2017

Jonas Valanciunas gets just 17 minutes - Jonas Valanciunas (C) Toronto Raptors

Jonas Valanciunas played 17 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with seven points, five rebounds and two blocks.
Raptors HQ Mar 16, 2017
Masai to JV: “You Are Way Better Than Drummond”

Masai to JV: “You Are Way Better Than Drummond”

You’ve got to respect that belief, especially when it comes from the president. While it seems like only yesterday we were wondering if the Raptors would trade their starting centre Jonas Valanciunas, in last night’s episode of Open Gym we got a very different story. Here’s JV as he meets up with team president Masai Ujiri at the BioSteel Centre. You can feel the, hmmm, emotional tension? #JonasValanciunas thanks #MasaiUjiri for not trading him at the deadline. Ujri's response: "you are way better than Drummond." (via Open Gym) #BALLGOD A post shared by ☆Basketball Heaven...
Raptors HQ Mar 13, 2017
Raptors cruise to win over Mavericks, 100-78

Raptors cruise to win over Mavericks, 100-78

A much-needed easy win for the Raptors has everyone smiling. There are a few constants for the Raptors right now. DeMar DeRozan gets buckets, Jonas Valanciunas works when he can on offense (and gets exposed on D), Serge Ibaka brings a sharp professionalism. After that, there’s a lot of uncertainty. Case in point: coach Dwane Casey tried ten different players in the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks, and opened the second with a completely rejigged all bench lineup. Did it work? Well, the Raptors beat the Mavericks 100-76, so yes. Oh yeah, and the fans got their free slice of...
Raptors HQ Mar 11, 2017
Heat Blast Raptors 104-89

Heat Blast Raptors 104-89

Welp. In a game where the Raptors appeared to forget how to play both offence and defence, the result was as ugly as you’d expect. The first quarter started... badly, to say the least. The Raptors’ offence sputtered out of the gate, but was buoyed by Jonas Valanciunas dominating the offensive boards, keeping the team afloat in spite of numerous missed jumpers (he had 6 points and 4 rebounds in 7 first quarter minutes, and would end the game with 10 and 10 on 5/6 shooting, in only 20 minutes played). On the other end, there was no such respite - Toronto’s perimeter defenders...
Raptors HQ Mar 10, 2017
Dinos & Digits: When Mount Jonas Erupts

Dinos & Digits: When Mount Jonas Erupts

This week, we look at how the Raptors perform in big Jonas Valanciunas games, Kyle Lowry’s current pace for franchise records, and more. Welcome back to Dinos & Digits, a column where we dive into the box scores and find five interesting or strange Raptors statistics and put them on front street for discussion. We like to explore a mix of both individual player and team statistics, ranging from raw box score numbers to some interesting and funky advanced metrics. The goal is to present the numbers without too much opinion attached, leaving those debates for the comment section. OK, let's...
Raptors HQ Mar 10, 2017
Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 60, brought to you by Michael Bradley

Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 60, brought to you by Michael Bradley

The Lowry-less Raptors are likeable. The Boston Celtics are not. Welcome to The HeadQuarters! This week Sean Woodley is joined by Harsh Dave to discuss Jonas Valanciunas' trade value, spew hate against the Boston Celtics, answer listener questions and more. This episode is brought to you by Michael Bradley. Listen at the BlogTalk Radio link below and be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Music Courtesy The Passion HiFi
Toronto Star Mar 9, 2017
Friday game preview: Toronto Raptors at Atlanta Hawks

Friday game preview: Toronto Raptors at Atlanta Hawks

Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas will try to build off impressive game against New Orleans.
National Post Mar 9, 2017
Jonas Valanciunas reclaims lost ‘zip and pep’ at crucial time — with a little help from newest Toronto Raptors

Jonas Valanciunas reclaims lost ‘zip and pep’ at crucial time — with a little help from newest Toronto Raptors

Valanciunas finally had one of those games where his defence was on point, his shot was on target and his defensive help was on time
Toronto Sun Mar 9, 2017
Raptors-Pelicans: Valanciunas steps up

Raptors-Pelicans: Valanciunas steps up

Well, hello there Jonas Valanciunas, nice to see you again.
numberFire Mar 9, 2017

Jonas Valanciunas has a big game as Toronto scores a road win over the Pelicans

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas racked up 25 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block in 34 minutes of action as the Raptors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 94-87 on Wednesday. What It Means: Valanciunas had been in a serious slump since the All-Star break, not playing more than 22 minutes or scoring more than 15 points in any of his six games after the break until this one. Valanciunas finished the win with a game-high 36.3 nERD, per numberFire Live. Despite the recent struggles, he ranks third among Raptors players and 33rd in the NBA with a 5.1 nERD on the...
National Post Mar 9, 2017
Jonas Valanciunas steps up with 25 points as Toronto Raptors grind out win over New Orleans Pelicans 94-87

Jonas Valanciunas steps up with 25 points as Toronto Raptors grind out win over New Orleans Pelicans 94-87

For the longest time, it was touch and go whether the Raptors would even get out of New Orleans with a win against a team they had beaten 11 of the past 14 times
Raptors HQ Mar 8, 2017
Led by Valanciunas (!), the Raptors beat the Pelicans 94-87

Led by Valanciunas (!), the Raptors beat the Pelicans 94-87

The Raptors get back on track against the Pelicans, winning 94-87 Life without Kyle Lowry continues, as the Raptors moved to 5-2 since the All Star break (and also since his injury). Coming off a 3-day break, the Raptors came out of the gate looking slightly out of rhythm. Toronto missed their first six shots to incur a double digit deficit early. As expected, renowned Raptor killer Alexis Ajinca had 7 points in the first quarter to help kickstart the Pelican offence. It wasn’t until Jonas Valanciunas got going that the Raptors started finding their footing. With Serge Ibaka picking up...

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