Raptors coach Dwane Casey is up to task

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, talking with Patrick Patterson during practice yesterday at the...

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, talking with Patrick Patterson during practice yesterday at the ACC, knows that further adjustments must be made for Game 3. (VERONICA HENRI/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:45 PM ET

In a make-or-miss league — a term Jeff Van Gundy routinely used as a head coach and continues to utter from his vantage point as television analyst — coaches are asked to win games when a play gets called and a shot needs to drop.

In the end, it’s up to the player to bury a look.

Paul Pierce made his shots in Game 1, a series of makes within a two-minute span that helped vault the Brooklyn Nets to their win and a quick 1-0 series lead.

When he missed in Game 2, especially a late three-pointer that would have given the Nets a one-point lead and perhaps a 2-0 series advantage, it was the Raptors who escaped with a win.

Such is the fickle nature of playoff basketball, when late-game possessions always loom large.

Make or miss, it’s as simple as drawing up a pick and roll during a timeout.

Coaches aren’t the ones who are asked to make shots or make stops, but coaching at this time of the basketball calendar takes on another layer, a level


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