Raptors Roundup: Latest Toronto Raptors News and Notes – 10/10/12

After delivering one of the most entertaining pre-season performances in team history, the Toronto Raptors will look to continue their strong play against the Detroit Pistons tonight.

Jonas Valanciunas will make his debut tonight. Photo courtesy of fiba.com

The Raps emerged with a 102-95 victory over Real Madrid Monday evening, despite not having the services of Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas. The game hardly resembled pre-season action, except for the fact that Dominic McGuire got 9 minutes of PT. Other than that, it was as competitive and hard-fought as the games you’ll see in April.

Fans should be hoping for a repeat performance tonight, as the Raps head to Detroit for the first half of a home-and-home with the Pistons. Like Toronto, the Pistons feature a young and exciting roster that’s eager to escape the bowels of mediocrity. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET and we’ll have the recap for you here when it’s finished.

Until then, satisfy your Raptors lust by checking out today’s edition of Raptors Roundup.

  • Need some info on the Raps and Pistons before you sit down to enjoy tonight’s pre-season game? Just click here, and try not to overdose on game notes. Thanks, NBA.com.
  • Raptors prized prospect Jonas Valanciunas will be making his debut tonight. He will only be playing about 10-12 minutes, but the young man is understandably excited, according to Doug Smith of the Toronto Star.
  • Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun also wrote a preview of JV’s debut, and it features this quote from John Lucas III: “Every time he gets the ball in the paint he’s trying to dunk it, so it’s either going to be a dunk or a foul.”Awesome.
  • Speaking of JL3, Eric Koreen of the National Post wrote a nice piece on the Raps backup PG, who has been dubbed “Mr. Positive.”
  • And finally, although tonight is one of new beginnings, let’s not forget former Rap Tracy McGrady, who wrote a flattering letter to his former teammates after signing with the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles. I’m pretty sure that’s a basketball team. 

Austin Green is the editor of Raptors Rapture. “Like” Raptors Rapture on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RaptorsRapture for all the latest news and updates about the best damn NBA team from Canada.

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