February 10, 2013
Raptors coach loves Valanciunas' energy level
By MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

Eric Gordonof the New Orleans Hornets shoots against Jonas Valanciunas of the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. (Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP)

Jonas Valanciunas is back among the starters and showing no signs of ever heading back to the bench.

For the second game in a row, Valanciunas was a one-man generator with his non-stop energy.

A 14-point, 13-rebound performance on Friday in an upset win over Indianapolis was his first big-minutes game since returning from a broken finger on his right hand. With it, he earned his way back into the starting unit on Sunday against the New Orleans Hornets.

Against the Hornets, Valanciunas put up his second consecutive double-double with an 11-points, 10-rebound evening.

“Jonas did a heck of a job or rebounding and taking up paint rolling to the basket, finishing the plays, defending the post,” head coach Dwane Casey said. “He’s getting his rhythm back, his conditioning back, and his game rhythm back more so-to-speak. I was really proud and happy for him the way he played.”

Valanciunas, though, had to get by without Andrea Bargnani, who he had paired so bril



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