The big story out of the Raptors opener in Las Vegas Summer League was the play and look of Jonas Valanciunas. Jonas was tearing it up and he looked like the slogan for the WWE video game a few years back: "Bigger, Badder, Better." Jonas had 23 points shooting 8-10 and had 7 rebounds he got to the line 10 time making 7 he did have 5 turnovers.
The other Raptors rookies from last year were far less impressive. Terrence Ross only had 9 points in 20 minutes and was 3-9. Acy played the most minutes of anyone on the roster with 27 minutes plus and 9 points and 7 rebounds and was a team worst -15 in that time on the floor.
The Raptors after an impressive start and building a lead that got into double digits took their foot off the gas pedal and struggled to defend or score. Miami after getting torched by Jonas early changed course to double teams and that created a lot of the turnovers for Jonas. In the end Miami stormed back and hung on for the win 81-74.
Toronto’s Myck Kabongo who many wanted to see playing for the Raptors in this summer league had his issues playing for Heat in the Orlando Summer league and those followed him to Vegas. He had just 2 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds his lone two points coming at the line where he was just 2-6.
Miami had 4 players in double figures compared the Raptors with just two Valanciunas with 23 and Wright with 12.
Raptors are back in action tonight with another Canadian Point Guard by way of the Texas Longhorns playing for the opposition in Cory Joseph as he takes part in Vegas Summer League for his squad the Spurs. Game is 10:30 local time if you are able to find it only and will be aired on NBA TV Canada at 10 am tomorrow and hopefully unlike today’s replay we will get to see all 4 quarters. Fingers crossed.