Despite the Raptors’ success in the postseason, rumors are spreading about coach Dwane Casey that he almost lost his job in round one of the 2016 NBA playoffs. According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, Casey would have been out as Toronto Raptors head coach if the team had lost to the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Dwane Casey took over the Raptors’ head coach position in 2011 where he failed to bring the team in the playoffs in his first two seasons. In his five seasons with the Raptors, Casey established a record of 210-84, including three playoff appearances. Though he managed to bring the team in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 NBA playoffs, the Raptors lost in round one.
However, with the team’s current success, there is a higher possibility that Dwane Casey will still remain as the Raptors’ head coach next season. Casey and the Raptors are currently battling with the reigning Eastern Conference champions for the spot in the 2016 NBA finals. The Raptors managed to defeat the Cavaliers for two consecutive games at the Air Canada Centre and stopped their 10-straight postseason wins.
The Cavaliers are currently leading the series after beating them in Game 5. The Raptors need to win Game 6 to tie the series and extend up to Game 7.
Things must have changed after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Indiana Pacers in round one and the Miami Heat in round two. No matter what the outcome of their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers will be, the Raptors should keep him as their head coach. According to Josh Lewenberg of TNS Sports, Raptors’ general manager Masai Ujiri stated that Dwane Casey deserves to be the coach.
“He deserves to be our coach in the future because he’s put in the work to bring winning to our program. Players have responded well and it’s translated a little bit.”
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