The more you see of Dwane Casey the more there is to like about the Toronto Raptors head coach.
There’s nothing he can do about the exaggerated sense of fairness shown established opponents by NBA officials, but he’s shown he can pull the strings with an under-manned team the way Jay Triano never could with a fully constituted roster.
Sunday, Casey made strategic use of Jamaal Magloire late in the first half to find a post-up checkmate to Andrew Bynum and stem a tide that was rolling in the Los Angeles Lakers’ favour.
Friday, he busted the Boston Celtics’ zone with timely re-entry of Linas Kleiza and Jose Calderon into the game in the fourth quarter.
He has managed Calderon’s minutes shrewdly in the absence of Jerryd Bayless, and Calderon has responded with strong back-to-back games ahead of Tuesday’s visit of the New York Knicks and flavour of the month Jeremy Lin.