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Raptors fire head coach Dwane Casey

The Toronto Raptors are moving on from head coach Dwane Casey.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Raptors have fired Casey, their head coach since 2011, after another premature playoff exit at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Raptors confirmed the move via a statement.

The Raptors have won four of the last five Atlantic Division titles, but their playoff record under Casey is 21-30. They’ve won over 50 games in each of the last three seasons, but each time, the Cavaliers knocked the team out of the playoffs, including a sweep in this year’s Eastern Conference semifinals despite Toronto posting a franchise-record 59 wins, a full nine games better than Cleveland during the regular season. The Raptors obviously felt that a change was necessary to get past that roadblock.

Casey’s firing comes just days after his peers voted him Coach of the Year. It’s safe to say he’ll likely land on his feet somewhere.

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