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Claver (Blazers) and Valanciunas (Raptors) bust in Eurocup final round

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Valencia lost the Eurocup final to BC Khimki (Russia) with 68-77. After a strong season, Blazers unsigned draft pick Victor Claver had a pretty terrible final going 0/2, 1/2 from 3 and 2/3 from the line, with 4 boards, 2 assists and a steal while seeing 31 minutes of playing time. His best contribution was that he did manage to get former NBA player Zoran Planinic in foul trouble keeping him to 23 minutes of playing time, but Planinic still scored 19 and won MVP of the game. Claver about equaled the production of former Blazers standout Sergey Monya on the Khimki side. Khimki's backup PG Chris Quinn played better than both. Going by this game, our target backup forward of the future in Valencia should be Nik Caner-Medley (former player for Maryland), who had 23 points and went to the line for 11 shots and made all (that's quite a lot of fouls drawn for European bball), and added 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks. ----- Toronto's new star center prospect Jonas Valanciunas likely to come over for the 2012-13 season also had a terrible game in the semi finals loss against Valencia, only seeing 8 minutes of playing time. 4 points, 5 fouls, no boards. In the consolation 3rd place game against St. Petersburg he was better, going for 10 points and 12 boards.

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