More growing pains for Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas

For defensive reasons, Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas didn't see much fourth-quarter floor time against...

For defensive reasons, Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas didn't see much fourth-quarter floor time against the Cavaliers on Tuesday. (USA Today)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:51 PM ET

Yes Jonas Valanciunas sat for the final 16 minutes of Tuesday’s win in Cleveland.

No, he’s not in Dwane Casey’s doghouse.

Like most young players, Valanciunas has been inconsistent as a sophomore, mixing some brilliant moments with bouts of ineffective play.

Toronto’s head coach spent a long time following Wednesday’s practice chatting with his starting centre, who leads the team in rebounds.

When asked what Valanciunas was doing wrong on Tuesday, prompting his time on the bench, Casey made it clear the move was purely a strategic one.

“Nothing, that’s what I was reassuring him,” Casey said. “We needed speed and quickness to trap (Kyrie) Irving ... He did nothing wrong last night. The reason we went to those guys was because Patrick (Patterson) and Amir (Johnson) were doing a heck of a job rotating, getting to their shooters.

 


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