VANCOUVER — It’s too early in training camp to project whether Linas Kleiza will play at small forward or at power forward. But it’s not difficult to project the kind of impact Kleiza will have with these new-look Raptors when the ball gets in his hands.
No player did more offensively in knowing how to get his shot off and score than Kleiza during Sunday’s open scrimmage, an event that drew a modest crowd but one that did provide the first glimpse of the Raptors in a game setting.
“He just knows how to score,’’ head coach Jay Triano said of Kleiza. “The bottom line is that he has a nose for the basketball.”
Kleiza led his side to a resounding 50-33 win, making seven of his 10 shots to lead all players with 15 points.
“It was a good first scrimmage,’’ Kleiza said. “Our goal is to get better every day. We play the right way and play together and we can have a lot of fun.”
It’ll be a lot more fun if Kleiza continues to evolve and continues to make the right decisions with the ball.
Barbosa on mend
Leandro Barbosa (ankle) wasn’t able to take part in Sunday’s open scrimmage, the victim of a minor ache he suffered during Saturday’s gathering.
He spent part of Sunday riding a stationary bike. The injury is not considered serious.