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    Olympic Qualifying Tournament Preview

    Lithuania – Despite finishing fifth on their home soil last summer’s Eurobasket, Lithuania has typically been a very strong international team, winning a bronze medal at the last World Championship, and coming in fourth place in the last Olympic tournament. Linas Kleiza appears set to become a leader on this squad, with his athleticism and energy level very difficult to match in this tournament. He is more of a role player and energy guy in the NBA, but on the national team, he will be expected to be one of the pieces that makes Lithuania go.

    The Raptors’ 2011 first-round draft pick, Jonas Valanciunas, (a favorite of Miami rapper O’Grime) looks to emerge from being up-and-coming contributor to a leader on the national team. His production on both sides of the ball and his tremendous length will prove as a major weapon that this veteran squad will need if it wants to not only qualify for the Olympics, but also make some noise.

    The regulars, such as Sarunas Jasicevicius (known to Israelis as Sharas), Robertas Javtokas, Paulius Jankunas, Ramantas Kaukenas and Darius Songaila, give Lithuania a deep squad with a veteran presence. Add former Duke guard, Martynas Pocius, who emerged last summer as the team’s starting point guard, and Lithuania appears to have a very likely chance of locking up one of the Olympic spots.

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    Some backgound on the Lithuanian team for the tourney

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    What time is the tourney (EST)?

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    4:30 EST I think (19:30 GMT), day light savings always messes me up lol

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    Just an question? EST, it's a shorten name of? GMT is familiar to me, but EST? Please enlighten me, thank you

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    Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5), although technically we are in daylight savings time which has a different code i think

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    So has he bought his contract out yet or what?
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    Quote Katman wrote: View Post
    Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5), although technically we are in daylight savings time which has a different code i think
    EDT, Eastern Daylight Time. GMT -4

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    Thank you guys

    "So has he bought his contract out yet or what? "

    It's not indicated in any source, that this already happened, they just mentioned that negotiations has began, considering the fact I've heard this month ago, now it's probably done or is going to happen after qualification to Olympics.

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    Quote theycallmeZZ wrote: View Post
    EDT, Eastern Daylight Time. GMT -4
    The game seems to be at 7 tonight (toronto time)

    http://www.sbnation.com/london-olymp...hedule-tuesday

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    Quote theycallmeZZ wrote: View Post
    Thanks for the link!

    First thing I saw was a comment on Venezuela clogging paint on JV roll. Wonder why the Raps/Casey keep talking about shooters?

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    oh my god the dude just said "the Cox contribution is HUGE so far!" i'm dying here
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    wow who is this kleiza guy we should sign him
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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    wow who is this kleiza guy we should sign him
    I was about to say... jesus 15 points already? no wonder he is a god in lithuania.

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    big val doing a awful job finishing. not good.
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    Quote Red and White wrote: View Post
    I was about to say... jesus 15 points already? no wonder he is a god in lithuania.
    19 now.

    Is he 100% healthy?

    Looks like.

    Maybe LK comes to Toronto the player BC thought he was getting in 2010.

    Things continue to look bleaker for JJ.

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    big val is going to be in foul trouble sooooo much as a rook
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    19 now.

    Is he 100% healthy?

    Looks like.

    Maybe LK comes to Toronto the player BC thought he was getting in 2010.

    Things continue to look bleaker for JJ.
    It is a shame. I loved the way JJ developed this year. Crazy how he led our team in steals and blocks and yet he is in a position where he is the odd man out.

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    Quote Red and White wrote: View Post
    It is a shame. I loved the way JJ developed this year. Crazy how he led our team in steals and blocks and yet he is in a position where he is the odd man out.
    Hopefully he either gets a lot of minutes with the raps, or gets traded to a team that he can contribute to. He deserves the chance

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    Quote Red and White wrote: View Post
    It is a shame. I loved the way JJ developed this year. Crazy how he led our team in steals and blocks and yet he is in a position where he is the odd man out.
    I agree it is a shame. But the game plan of the Raptors is to create space with shooters. He does not fit that role as long as DeRozan is playing significant minutes.

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