Raptors must beat Nets in Game 2 for real shot to win series

Steve Simmons, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:33 PM ET

TORONTO - Dwane Casey repeated the words aloud, as if he was momentarily chewing on them.

“Must win,” the coach said — and then he paused for an instant and verbally danced around the question.

Casey has been coach of the Raptors for three somewhat tumultuous seasons. We still don’t know, although we assume, that he will be here for a fourth season. In that time, he has been charged with all kinds of assignments, not all of them similar: Trying to change the culture of a team that wouldn’t play defence; trying to build a team not knowing what the parts would be; trying to win when ownership wanted to lose; trying to stay employed when the previous general manager was determined to show him the door.

And trying to succeed in a place that has historically been mostly about failure.


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