Casey gets better of Raptors again, and 9 other takeaways from an overtime loss to the Pistons

Title: Casey gets better of Raptors again, and 9 other takeaways from an overtime loss to the Pistons
Date: March 3, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Dwane Casey’s Pistons beating the Raptors in another tight game despite Kyle Lowry’s best efforts.

Kyle​ Lowry did not want​ to​ lose to Dwane Casey​ again, it seemed.

He entered​​ a second matchup with his former head coach on the heels of a few really strong games and went to work early trying to carry a slow-starting Raptors squad against Casey’s Detroit Pistons. The Raptors were stuck in mud and couldn’t hit the side of a barn with a bass fiddle, while Blake Griffin came out looking madder than a wet hen. Lowry looked like the only Raptor with a burr under his saddle.

Sorry. The Caseyisms just flow naturally after a tough Raptors loss. And despite Lowry’s best efforts, Sunday was just that, with Casey earning a second down-to-the-wire victory against his former team, 112-107 in overtime. In a reversal of stories from the last time out, it was the Pistons who got up big early and the Raptors who chased their way back, turning a 13-point deficit into an 11-point lead before seeing it fritter away in the fourth quarter.

A storyteller would point to this all setting up a battle of late-game chess between the ousted bench boss and his replacement, Nick Nurse. In the previous meeting between the teams in Toronto, Casey earned an emotional victory by out-executing Toronto down the stretch. This time around, the Raptors drew up a nice after-timeout play to get Danny Green a decent look at a three. When that missed, Lowry then missed a tip-out triple, only for OG Anunoby to swoop in and tie it.

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