“I feel confident,” Valanciunas said. “First of all, I like what we do. I enjoy it. I give myself to it. It was a great summer. I worked a lot on a lot of things, different areas. I’m coming back in a good mood. [The Lithuanian national team] didn’t win, but at least we played good at [FIBA EuroBasket]. So now I’m coming back ready to play, mentally in good shape, physically in good shape.”
October 20, 2017 | 9:05 pm EDT Update
Smith tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in August 2015, the summer before his senior year of high school. He experienced swelling in the knee after shootaround Friday, and the decision was made to not start him less than an hour before the game.