Celtics tough on Valanciunas, top Raptors

Kevin Garnett of the Celtics launches one up against Jonas Valanciunas of the Raptors in Boston...

Kevin Garnett of the Celtics launches one up against Jonas Valanciunas of the Raptors in Boston last night. Garnett became the NBA's 15th highest career scorer in a convincing win. (Getty Images/AFP)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:56 PM ET

BOSTON - No one should ever knock a kid such as Jonas Valanciunas when he leaves so much out on the floor, when so much promise gets shown on most nights.

Along comes a night such as Wednesday and the initials J.V. can easily equate into Junior Varsity, which pretty much summed up the entire Raptors.

With no Andrea Bargnani and Aaron Gray a mere afterthought, the rookie Valanciunas is the only legit big available, a piece the Raptors franchise will be pinning much of their future.

Granted, Valanciunas looked a lot more like he belonged on this stage when the second half against the veteran-laden Celtics began, but it was how the night would begin that would expose the greenhorn centre.


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