Dwane Casey's challenge turning Raptors around

Injuries and mounting losses have left Raptors head coach Dwane Casey hoping his players take a...

Injuries and mounting losses have left Raptors head coach Dwane Casey hoping his players take a 'professional approach' to what's left of their sinking season. (Reuters)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

TORONTO - It’s one thing to draw up a play during a huddle when an open look is required, or going with a different look on defence to force a stop.

But it’s an entirely different beast when a team going nowhere has suddenly lost its way amid mounting losses, when injuries, whether they are real or imagined, begin to mount and a team’s collective will can be questioned.

Dwane Casey finds himself in this basketball predicament, trying to fight through when very little inroads are being made.

Unless the Raptors’ fortunes suddenly turn for the better, which seems highly unlikely, the more games they play, the more they’ll get exposed.

DeMar DeRozan has seen his game go in reverse, his timing bad at a time when Rudy Gay is nursing back spasms.

Rookies Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross are being thrust into the spotlight, playing big minutes and making big mistakes.

The toll of banging in the paint has finally caught up with Amir Johnson, whose an


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