HoopsHype Dwane Casey rumors

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With five fouls, Lowry gambled, reaching in on the veteran Pierce. But Raptors Coach Dwane Casey was rewarded for having left Lowry in the game: The steal stifled a comeback effort by the Nets, who ended up missing their last six field-goal attempts. “He’s dealing with a lot right now,” Casey said of Lowry. “And he came through with flying colors.” New York Times

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Toronto coach Dwane Casey was asked what he thought about the foul and technical called on Vasquez. Casey wanted to avoid criticizing the officiating, which has become a bit of a theme during this first-round series. "Again, I like my money," Casey said. "But I've got to go back and look at the tape. Those kind of calls broke our back. It was the difference in the game. "Again, they're a great team, give them credit. We respect them, but let's let the game be dictated by that. I've got to go back and see what the calls were. I had a different view of them evidently as those guys did." ESPN.com

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Casey will be on the shortlist of candidates for coach-of-the-year for helping the Raptors pull out of what looked like a fatal nosedive early in the year and earn the Raptors home court in the first round. A big factor was his ability to connect with Lowry, of course the Raptors point guard had to be willing after clashing with coaches at Villanova University, the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets and even last season under Casey at times. ”I was a young kid, a stubborn kid, a hard-headed kid, very closed, never opened up to anybody, a kid who never thought he needed help from anyone,” said Lowry, who turned 28 last month. “And I was wrong. I grew up.” SportsNet

The points were driven home at a sit down on the eve of training camp with MLSE minority shareholder Larry Tanenbaum, president and chief executive officer Tim Leiweke and general manager Masai Ujiri. “Everything got put on the table, to be honest,” says Lowry. We all showed our hands, spoke honestly and that was that. “I told him I could play for him and he could coach me. That was a big thing for both of us: he coaches, I play and that’s it.” SportsNet

Casey worked for Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall during some of his summers, something that wouldn’t be allowed by today’s NCAA rules but was permitted in the 1970s. “I would work on coach Hall’s tobacco farm, cutting tobacco, putting it on sticks, and hanging it in the barn,” Casey said. “I had to find work. I knew I wasn’t getting money from home.” Toronto Globe & Mail

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With their 102-98 win over the host Bucks Saturday night, the Raptors have now posted 21 road wins with two more remaining on the schedule. The latest wasn’t easy, not decided until the very end as Milwaukee refused to go away, a testament to head coach Larry Drew and his players. It was also a testament to Toronto’s lack of focus in playing a first half head coach Dwane Casey would refer to as “crap.’’ DeMar DeRozan sealed it with 9.9 seconds left, making both of his free throws on a night when the Raptors made their shots from the stripe down the stretch. Toronto Sun

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