Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey wants his team to answer LeBron James on court

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Mar 17, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan (10) takes a shot against Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Toronto defeats Indiana 101-94 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has expressed his desire to play Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. While the NBA world is quite sure of a Heat-Cavs Conference finals, one man has taken these comments in a different spirit. And Toronto Raptors’ head coach Dwane Casey finds these words “inspirational” from his position. Casey wants to motivate his team to beat the Miami Heat in the Conference semifinals.

“Well that’s fine and I said this before: Nobody respects us, everybody has written us off and that’s fine,” Casey told reporters Wednesday. “Hopefully, our guys take that to heart and take offense to it.”

James’ comment clearly indicates that he doesn’t want the Raptors to advance, and Casey finds it disrespectful for his team. He wants his guys to feel it and give a fitting reply by turning the odds of the series.

The Raptors coach wants his team to turn the odds against the Miami Heat.  The Raptors currently trail Heat 1-0 in the second round playoff series. Toronto will be facing Heat in game 2 on Thursday, as reported by the Fox Sports. And Casey wants his guys to script something special from the next game only.

The Raptors conceded the first game in overtime. The team has been inconsistent and has a reputation of being jittery in the playoffs. Casey has a case here. If he can motivate his guys to clinch the series by using LeBron James’ comment, why shouldn’t he do so?

Raptors’ star Kyle Lowry dismissed the comments by saying that the NBA world often read the Raptors’ side as “underdogs”.

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