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With the pre-season finale (thank God) set for Friday in Milwaukee, the Raptors received some good news on Thursday, as Kyle Lowry will be able to practice and play while recovering from a left ring finger tendon injury (though he’ll be out vs. the Bucks).

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With the most hyped and eventful Media Day in franchise history now behind us, I thought I’d share some notes and quotes from various players and others from Monday.

Before we get to the players, here are a few notes from Tim Leiweke’s post-presser scrum as well as Masai Ujiri’s and Dwane Casey’s scrums. Sorry, no Drizzy

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Remember Jonas Valanciunas’ animated, arm waving, leg sprawling defence on in-bound plays last season?

Well Valanciunas was up to his usual tricks again in another EuroBasket warm-up game on Thursday, only this time on the perimeter, and one youtube user (H/T to Lietuvos Krepsinis) decided to have some fun with it:

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With FIBA EuroBasket 2013 less than two weeks away, Jonas Valanciunas and Lithuania continued their warmup to the tournament with a 69-55 win over the Czech Republic to capture the Vilnius international tournament title.

Valanciunas finished with 23 points in 21 minutes (he was 7/9 from the field and 9/11 from the free throw line) to go along with eight rebounds, a block and four turnovers.

Here’s the evidence…

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Valanciunas will match up with Pekovic's Montenegro side in Eurobasket's Group B.

Valanciunas will match up with Pekovic’s Montenegro side in Eurobasket’s Group B.

We tempered our excitement over Jonas Valanciunas’ Summer League dominance because of the level of competition he was going up against in Vegas, so dominating Sweden in a friendly pre-tournament warmup ahead of September’s FIBA Eurobasket isn’t going to send us into a frenzy (though the actual tournament should prove a good test).

But don’t blame JV for simply dismantling the weak opposition thrown in front of him. Any time Valanciunas posts a stat-line of 21 points on 7-of-7 shooting (7/9 from the free throw line) to go with eight rebounds (six offensive) and a block in 20 minutes, and there’s footage of said performance, we’re going to post it.

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