Toronto Raptors relying less on Jonas Valanciunas on defence but his play still a work in progress


TORONTO — For many people learning a new language, particularly when they are suddenly immersed in it, cursing is the first thing they master. And so it was for Jonas Valanciunas.

“That didn’t take too long,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey recalled of Valanciunas’s first few years in Toronto after growing up in Lithuania. “He (just) had to listen to me.

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