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Lunchbox Links - Nets vs Raps Previews, NBA Awards, Antoine Wright and More


Last day of the NBA season for the Toronto Raptors.

But not last day for Lunchbox Links!

Let's start with a look ahead to what could be an epic tank-fest this evening, with previews from NetsDaily, as well as TSN.ca, and the New York Post. We've already reported on Jersey's starting five and available troops, and at this point it's safe to say that the Raps won't be rolling out all their big guns either, as both teams make one last attempt improving their draft lottery chances.

Ahh yes, tanking, everyone's favourite topic. It's definitely a major problem right now in the NBA as various teams are blatantly dropping as fast as possible, even those without lottery prospects.

One of the worst offenders this season? The Golden State Warriors.

Besides tanking talk, it's also the time of the season when NBA awards are handed out. Here's SB Nation's take on potential winners, as well as Zach Lowe from SI.com's finalists.

It's also this the time of the year to look back on the season that was, and how the Raptors should move forward. To that end, TSN.ca's Tim Chisholm continues his Raptors' breakdown this week, with looks at the Dinos' frontcourt, and also the Raptors' head coach, Dwane Casey.

Speaking of Casey, he's the subject of a great piece by Dave Zarum of Sportsnet.ca, which looks at the challenges Casey has faced not only this season as coach of the Raps, but throughout his coaching career.

And finally, we jump back to the draft for a cautionary tale on lottery picks...staring former Toronto Raptor, Antoine Wright, now playing out his career in Venezuela.