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The New York Times reports that Casey has received the National Basketball Coaches Association's Coach of the Year award. The Raptors were swept out of the playoffs by Cleveland in the second round, the same Cleveland team that was outplayed by the Pacers across seven games in round 1.

Dwane Casey led the Toronto Raptors to the best regular season in franchise history.

Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey said his team had paid the price for not being able to recover from their shattering losses against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Casey, who was one of eight coaches receiving votes, per Stein, is expected to be announced as the victor of the NBCA version of the award later Wednesday. The Raptors have set franchise-record win totals in three of the past four years and finished atop the East for the first time this year.

After defeating the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs, Casey's Raptors have once again run into the buzzsaw that is LeBron James.

The N.B.C.A. introduced its own Coach of the Year Award last season, based on a vote of the league's 30 head coaches.

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Ujiri said he plans to look at the roster and team as a whole and make assessments as to the future of it.

Masai Ujiri's voice grew louder and louder, the often composed Raptors president's tone going from light to impassioned in a matter of minutes. The formal announcement of who won the Red Auerbach Trophy for Coach of the Year, along with the announcement of league MVP and the like, will be made as part of the NBA Awards Show in Los Angeles on June 25.

"I understand what's being said, so I'm not blind or in the dark", Casey said.

The pool of candidates for the mantel of Coach of the Year mantel is as deep as it's ever been.

"If they want us to break this up and start over, you might get fined for using this word "tanking", but no, we're not doing that here", Ujiri said. "We got stuck at a certain point".

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