Toronto Raptors: Is Dwane Casey's Time Done in Toronto?
Since the arrival of Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors, the team has had its share of ups and downs. They started off hot, winning seven out of their first nine games, and it seemed as if the Raptors could ultimately make a run toward their first playoff appearance in almost five seasons.
Right after a scorching hot start, however, the Raptors lost games that they should have won. Losses to Cleveland, Washington and Milwaukee are all key reasons why the Raptors will not be making the playoffs this season.
While many people have recently began to put the blame on Rudy Gay for his not-so-great shot selection—he is shooting a disgusting 38 percent from the field—not many people have begun to put the blame on others who are also responsible.
One of these people is Dwane Casey.
Don't get me wrong, this team's attitude has completely changed with the arrival of Casey, and he has changed the culture of this team, bringing toughness and a mentality that Raptors fans have not seen since Sam Mitchell was head coach.
However, despite his knack for defense, and the presence he has brought to this team, his rotations are something that not everyone agrees with. A great example would be the most recent loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Personally being at that game myself, seeing Casey go with Aaron Gray over Jonas Valanciunas after Amir Johnson fouled out was horrible. Jonas did not play much in the second half, and there was no point of taking him out with four fouls if he was not going to go in again. Aaron Gray ultimately set a pick for Kobe Bryant, allowing Kobe to go in for the game-winning dunk in the waning seconds of the game.
Another great example was how Terrence Ross got zero playing time. The playoffs appear to be out of reach, so these are the times where a team has to develop players like Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross, but Casey ended up picking the vets over the rooks.
Small scenarios like these make a fan wonder, what is the coach doing? Casey seems like he is better suited as an assistant coach for this team, because the players are already used to him and the man knows what he is doing on the defensive side on the court. However, he has shown that maybe the head-coaching job may not be the right one for him and that bringing in someone else might be a better move for the Raptors' future.
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