Although it appears as though the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers are the only teams playing on Tuesday night, there are actually several games going on in the association.
The Toronto Raptors are playing host to the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs.
Although the Spurs hold a big, late lead, Raptors’ big man Jonas Valanciunas was able to get the best of big man Jeff Ayres. First, Raptors’ guard DeMar DeRozan finds Kyle Lowry, who was freed up by a Valanciunas screen. As Lowry comes off of the screen, he finds Valanciunas heading to the rim. Veteran power forward and future Hall-of-Famer Tim Duncan leaves Valanciunas to attack Lowry. Lowry bounce passes the ball to Valanciunas heading towards the rim. Ayres decides to challenge Valanciunas and immediately finds out what a mistake he made as Valanciunas throws one down on him.
Valanciunas was the fifth overall pick of the 2011 draft and is starting to make the impact many thought he could. On the year, he’s averaging 9.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.