Jitters get the best of Raptors' JV

Jonas Valanciunas watches as Deron Williams drives into Terrence Ross during Game 7. JV came up...

Jonas Valanciunas watches as Deron Williams drives into Terrence Ross during Game 7. JV came up small with just three points. (Ernest Doroszuk/ QMI Agency)

Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

Jonas Valanciunas took Sunday’s loss hard.

 

When the lights shone brightest, the 21-year-old sophomore struggled, making just one basket in his 27 minutes and letting the smaller Nets do far too much damage on the boards.

Valanciunas admitted that nerves got to him, that he barely slept on Saturday night, too concerned with what was to come.

“I have to learn how to deal with pressure, how to be able to help a team,” said Valanciunas candidly. “I’ve got to do better job of controlling my head. So, that’s the next step, next year. I’m going to play better next time.”

Veteran John Salmons, just a locker over from the big man, spent some time post-game telling JV the key is to stay in a regular routine, treat it the same as any other game.

Kyle Lowry also provided him some advice.

“Keep your head up. You played unbelievable all year,” Lowry said. “Remember this feeling. It’s not a good feeling to be going home in the first round and that’s


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