Dwane Casey Rumors
DeMar DeRozan says Cory Joseph is “the smoothest” guy to have come through the Raptors organization in the nine years DeRozan has been with the team, and that’s high praise because smooth is cool. Fred VanVleet said he couldn’t have a more helpful and professional mentor in his rookie season than Joseph. And Dwane Casey? Well, the coach doesn’t pull any punches. “Cory’s just a beautiful young man.”
Coach Dwane Casey loves those rare nights when the Toronto Raptors have such a big lead that the second team gets as many minutes as the starters. “They’re going to have nights when they don’t look good, but the young guys came tonight and they were clicking,” Casey said. “They were playing together, screening for each other. The spacing was good. The passing was good.” Norman Powell scored 17 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 16 and the Raptors blew out the Atlanta Hawks 112-78 on Saturday night.
It might not sound like a novel approach — by now, nearly all of the league’s top teams live by these principles — but the Raptors had been one of the few holdouts. After a string of postseason disappointments, it was time to try something new. It was time to join the modern N.B.A. “The game is changing,” Coach Dwane Casey said. “It’s a 3-point and scoring game. You have to be able to score.”
From fringe rotation player to arguably the Raptors’ most valuable reserve in just a few weeks, Pascal Siakam has become indispensable and he’s doing it with good, old-fashioned hard play. The Cameroon-born forward never stops. His energy is boundless, his defence is suffocating and he’s good for at least two or three buckets per game from simply out-running everyone else on the floor. “Pascal is one of those guys [whose] energy level, his motor, is an NBA skill,” Dwane Casey said. “And it goes and goes and goes. Even just messing around [in practice] he goes 100 miles an hour. So that’s the gift that he has. That’s something that’s natural for him.”