The Toronto Raptors ended a seven-game playoff losing streak last night thanks to the big man in the middle.For the second game in a row the ‘Lithuanian Lion’ Jonas Valančiūnas was the story. Valančiūnas had 15 off the glass and had 23 points to help lift the raptors 98-87 over the Pacers to tie the series at 1.
“He’s a big guy. He does a great job offensively of keeping plays a live and creating extra possessions. That’s where we have to help our bigs with, but at the same time they’ve got to work. It’s not going to be easy. They’ve got to work and come ready to work against him.”
” When teams are trying to take myself and DeMar DeRozan out he has to have big games for us. He is becoming a very intricate piece in our offence.”
“I’m just doing my stuff you know? I’m just going out there and battling. Nobody is going to take that away from me. I am going to go and put my heart in it and battle for every single ball, for every single possession.”
Frank Vogel, Pacers Head Coach:
“They just made more plays. Their bench obviously had a strong impact and they dominated in the paint and we didn’t get enough of an offensive rhythm.”
Dwane Casey, Raptors Head Coach:
“Who wants to lose 7 playoff games in a row? Nobody. But again it is still basketball and we have still got to go out and play and not have the pressure of the world on our backs . I think we proved it throughout the course of 82 games that we can play with some good teams and we just have to go out there and play.
Terrence Ross left the game at half time and underwent concussion protocol. The team says there is no clear sign of a concussion but he did have a headache and did not return to the game.
The series now heads to Indiana with game 3 on Thursday night.