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Nick Nurse on Scottie Barnes: “I said that his biggest challenge going into the year was to have the enthusiasm that he had last year. Every game he was a kid in a candy store. Now, you got some attention.”

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During Raptors vs. Pistons postgame on Monday, Toronto head coach Nick Nurse was asked why he thinks Scottie Barnes hasn’t looked like himself recently.

(via Jump View):

“I think he’s OK physically. I think he’s got some normal NBA grind, lots of games, bumps and bruises. Probably doesn’t feel perfect out there. I said that his biggest challenge going into the year was to have the enthusiasm that he had last year. Every game he was a kid in a candy store. Now, you got some attention. You get some focal. You get some tough defenders. You get knocked around a little bit. But we’ll keep working at him. I thought he played pretty big defensively late in the game.”

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