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Casey: Unmotivated Raptors can 'go play volleyball'

  • Casey: Unmotivated Raptors can 'go play volleyball'

Up 3-2 in their second-round series with the Miami Heat, the Toronto Raptors are just one win away from reaching their first Eastern Conference Finals in franchise history.

And while winning Game 6 in South Beach won't be easy for Toronto, head coach Dwane Casey doesn't see motivation as an issue, stating that his players are in the wrong sport if they aren't willing to give it their all.

"If you've got to motivate players at this time of year to play hard, to play through things then we're in the wrong business," Casey said Thursday.

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"If you come out in any frame of mind other than playing hard you're in the wrong profession, you need to go play volleyball or golf," he continued.

While the Raptors are capable of moving past the Heat, Casey knows the challenge of closing out a series, as Toronto needed seven games to finish off the Indiana Pacers in the first round.

"It's one of the most difficult things to do in sports to close a team out, especially a prideful team like Miami," Casey said.

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