Casey believes Raps ahead of last year's team

Coach Dwane Casey of the Toronto Raptors barks orders against the Utah Jazz at the Air Canada...

Coach Dwane Casey of the Toronto Raptors barks orders against the Utah Jazz at the Air Canada Centre November 9, 2013. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:02 PM ET

TORONTO - Dwane Casey isn't worried that some bad losses might send his team off of the rails like a year ago.

Bad play and bad luck conspired the Raptors to a season-demolishing 4-19 start to the 2012-13 campaign. Once the losses piled up, the young squad could not pull itself out of the tailspin.

This season's schedule doesn't let up until mid-January, meaning the record might not be pretty by then. But the 2013-14 Raptors already have four wins in 10 contests and Casey believes this season's squad will be fine.

"It's a different feel because of what we went through last year," Casey said Saturday morning after the Raptors went through a practice in preparation for a visit by the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.

"We've kicked away a couple of games that we should have had, (but) I don't feel the mental letdown from those two games (like what constantly happened last year), we've bounced right back," he said.


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