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According to reports, Budenholzer is already a front-runner for the Raptors' head coaching gig.

The similarities between the two situations are nearly comical. Casey just led the Raptors to a franchise-best 59-win season. He's also a favorite to win the "real" Coach of the Year award voted on by a panel of media.

With the Toronto Raptors firing Dwane Casey after the team failed to get by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third straight year, the coaching search will start immediately to find their next head coach.

Casey has served as Toronto coach since 2011 and has turned the Raptors into a force in the Eastern Conference, but paid the price of playoff failures against LeBron's Cavs.

Said Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue of Casey: "For what he's done for that team and the culture of that team, his accolades speak for themselves".

Then, Karl was sacked most notably for his lack of postseason success. During that time, he won four championships.

He didn't think Casey should have been let go. That complete collapse has left the Raptor's front office asking themselves what is next.

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But it was one of those must win game them and they have to win all of their remaining games as well to qualify for the playoffs. And by the time Watson fell in the 12th to Jofra Archer, the partnership had already extended to 86 off 56 deliveries.


Toronto will move forward, and Ujiri will get to do something he has yet to do as Raptors GM: hire a coach.

"There's five years of bond here, with all these players that's the coach they know, this is the coach we know", he said.

"He'll get another job soon if a team is smart, which I think they are, because he's damn sure not going to be unemployed for long".

Now, Ujiri and the Raptors face a similar decision.

"Our goal in the timeout was to trap him and make someone else beat us", Casey said after Game 3. That is a massive discrepancy in the two situations and should be treated as such.

Will the team continue its current stylistic trajectory? All five Raptors showed strong development during the regular season, and keeping the same voice at the helm with consistent structure is what the Raptors might need in order to continue to be one of the top teams in the National Basketball Association. Arguments can be made that there is still untapped potential.

The Raptors topped the Atlantic Division four out of the past five seasons, finishing second during the 2016-17 season.


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