With so much on his basketball plate, the last thing Dwane Casey needs is to be fixated on scoreboard watching.
While both Milwaukee and Philly were losing Saturday night, two teams the Raptors are chasing for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, Casey was focused on Washington, which beat Houston in a high-scoring affair.
“We got to take care of our business,” said Casey on Sunday as the Raptors returned to the practice court. “I told the players today to treat the next 26 games as our season.”
In Casey’s world, there’s no point in worrying in what might have been had Rudy Gay been able to be pried away from Memphis earlier.
With Gay, the Raptors are 7-3.
Ultimately, Toronto’s poor start to the season, a 4-19 beginning, may prove its undoing.
But there is a chance and for obvious reasons having teams ahead of the Raptors lose can only help.
Getting Andrea Bargnani back in rhythm can only help Toronto’s chances.