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March 14, 2015 Updates

The Raptors’ centre of attention was a no-go for last night’s tip against the Heat. For Jonas Valanciunas, this was one night he could miss following the birth of his first child, a baby boy. Valanciunas, who normally starts at centre for the Raptors, is expected to be available for Sunday night’s home game versus Portland. Toronto Sun

March 13, 2015 Updates

Eric Koreen: Jonas Valanciunas won't play vs Miami tonight. He is a new father to Jonas Jr., born last night. Twitter @ekoreen

March 12, 2015 Updates
March 10, 2015 Updates

ESPN.com: You're in the last year of your contract. Do you want to stay in Toronto? Absolutely. I already tried to get them to go do it -- get an extension. But at this point in my career, I want to play somewhere where the fans appreciate you, your team is serious about winning and create something special. And these guys are bulldogs. They love competing. We have that us against the world mentality where nobody respects us because we're in Canada. We have an identity, and I love it. It's perfect for my personality. I've always been the underdog, I've always been overlooked. I've always been the guy where it was like we'll see what he does and then we'll check on Lou. That's been my career. ESPN.com

ESPN.com: What were your initial thoughts on the trade? LW: Initially, I was torn because I was leaving my hometown. But I was also excited because I had just watched these guys battle Brooklyn like hell in seven games [during the playoffs]. So I felt like I could help this team. I felt like I could help, and I could bring something to the table. They had a young core of guys, and it reminded me a lot of my Philly crews where we were turning that corner and going from an OK team to an elite team. This team was turning the corner with Kyle [Lowry], DeMar [DeRozan], JV [Jonas Valanciunas] and a lot of the pieces that they had. ESPN.com

Finally healthy after recovering from a devastating ACL injury he suffered in January 2013, Williams, 28, is averaging a career-high 15.2 points per game and has quickly emerged as a fan favorite at Air Canada Centre. "When I got traded to the Raptors," Williams told ESPN.com, "Kyle Lowry told me, 'We expect you to average 15 points a game off the bench.' "And I said, 'Perfect, so you need me here.' And that made me feel wanted. So once he put that expectation on me, it just made everything fall into place." ESPN.com

Last season, Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made headlines by shouting, "F--- Brooklyn!" at a fan rally outside Air Canada Centre prior to Game 1 of his team's first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets. Nearly a year later, it doesn't appear Ujiri has any regrets. In fact, the confident GM would like another crack at the Nets, who eliminated the Raptors from the playoffs in seven games in 2014. "Trust me, I ain't taking that back," Ujiri said Monday night at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport's Canadian Basketball Speakers forum. "I hope we play them again. I'll say it again." ESPN.com

March 9, 2015 Updates
March 5, 2015 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Toronto is one of several teams with plans to check back on McGee, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. GM Masai Ujiri had McGee in Denver. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas wrapped James up around the neck and shoulders as he drove the lane with 18.8 seconds left in the third quarter. The infraction was initially whistled as a common foul before being upgraded to a flagrant foul 1 after an official's review of the video replay. "I don't want to get too much involved in it because I don't want to cry about it because it's not like I'm not able to get back up, but it's a lot of plays that are just not basketball plays," said James, who was kicked in the groin Sunday by Houston's James Harden, resulting in a one-game suspension for the Rockets swingman. ESPN.com

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