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Lietuva blown out, but Raptors do ok.



Watching the Lithuanian games up to and including today, one has to say that they are less a team, and more a collection of individuals. They almost always play with their heads down, and don't see teammates who have an open shot or a clear land. Too bad.

On the other hand, Linas continues his dominant international play. He racked up 20 points in 29 minutes of play (Argentina's Luis Scola, though, managed 32), and he did it efficiently -- 7/11 FG for .636, making his only three-point attempt, and going 5/6 at the freethrow line. He had 7 rebounds, 5 of them on defence, an assist and a steal with no turnovers.

Does anybody really think we need to start Demar at 3? At 2 over defensively sound players like Fields and Ross? Yeah, I know. How did this get to be about DD? Never mind.

As for Jonas, he didn't foul out, but Lietuva continue to play him off the bench. I suspect it's a matter of seniority.

He played for 14 minutes, potted 6 points at a 75% clip, with 5 rebounds. He is open a lot more than the numbers would suggest, and, as usual, does an adequate job screening and fighting for the ball. Prorating his numbers to per 36, that would be roughly 16 points and 12 rebounds.

On the other hand, if we prorate his 3 fouls, the picture's not quite as optimistic. However, I'm really looking forward to seeing him in Casey's domain.

So, Lithuania give up 106 points, but the Raptors are fine, accounting for almost a third of Lietuva's 79 points.

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