Sports Casey believes Raptors can be team to break through LeBron: 'Why not us?'

09:33  08 may  2018
09:33  08 may  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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“ Why we don’t want to be the team that knock that team off? That’s what it’s all about. But Raptors coach Dwane Casey believes his team is better built to face the Cavs, or any other NBA team , this season.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey calls Anunoby an “old-head rookie.” He’s done everything we ’ve asked him to, he’s grown in so many areas. This is only the beginning for him.” It's the Raptors ' third trip through LeBron 's playoff kingdom.

Dwane Casey wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd© David Richard-USA TODAY Sports / Action Images

Monday night's Game 4 was a cruel case of deja vu for the Toronto Raptors, as it marked the third time in as many years that the franchise has been booted from the playoffs in convincing fashion by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Even after such a crushing defeat, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey remains optimistic that his team can eventually be the one to figure out the James conundrum and advance to its first NBA Finals.

"You're looking at probably one of the guys that's going to go down as one of the greatest ever, and is a matchup nightmare for anybody. I think anybody whose played against him will see that, but at some point, that's going to come down. That's going to change," Casey told the media following Toronto's 128-93 blowout loss at Quicken Loans Arena, via Def Pen Hoops.

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“You believe he’s tired? I don’t believe it,” the Toronto Raptors head coach said. There’s an aura about LeBron . Casey said his team has to ignore it. Andre De Grasse wants to break the Canadian sprint record.

Share LeBron James might have broken the Raptors , and you can’t really blame them. He was struggling,” said an unintentionally contradictory Casey after Game 2. “So we were searching, just trying to find somebody, get faster, get more points on the board in that situation.

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"We've seen it with Michael (Jordan), we've seen it with Kobe (Bryant), we've seen it with a lot of great players. The Toronto organization wants to be the one who knocks that gate down. For whatever reason, we got the unlucky draw every year of going against him. But there's going to come a time when that gauntlet is going to come down. And why not us?"

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With three straight cracks at James, the Raptors have only managed to emerge victorious on two occasions, taking a pair of home games in the 2016 conference finals. They've since dropped 10 in a row to the Cavaliers in postseason action, including two straight sweeps.

James averaged 34 points on 55.3 percent shooting along with 8.3 rebounds, 11.3 assists, 1.8 steals, and a rejection in 41.8 minutes across the four games of this year's second-round series.

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