What a difference a win makes. The Raptors media availability this afternoon was much less tense than it had been after the Game 1 loss, as the team talked about their focus going into Game 3. Coach Casey even threw in some one liners. Here's a summary.
DeRozan's struggles have been the main talking point in the series through two games, and he addressed where he is at mentally as the series shifts to Indianapolis.
DeRozan: "I feel like it's nothing to be frustrated about. I don't mind the bad shooting nights... I don't think it's the end of the world"— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) April 19, 2016
DeRozan says shooting slumps happen, it's part of the game and it'll be "a scary sight" when he gets going with everyone else.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) April 19, 2016
DeRozan says he doesn't feel frustrated. Feels only matter of time until he gets going.— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) April 19, 2016
"That's the beauty of the game. Everything's not always going to go your way." - DeMar on staying even-keeled. pic.twitter.com/faEz1mrZke— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 19, 2016
Ross didn't play in the second half following a nasty head-to-head collision with DeRozan, and the team is putting him threw more neurological tests today to assess his status.
Terrence Ross scheduled for more neurological tests today -- to be sure all is good following his collision with demar DeRozan last night— Eric Smith (@Eric__Smith) April 19, 2016
Casey (joking!) said that Ross banging heads with DeRozan was his punishment for making a mistake on the play ...— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) April 19, 2016
Coach Casey talked about how they can't relax following the big home win, and also spoke about multiple players performances. (As well as the officiating!)
Casey: "We can't exhale. We can't relax. We won the game but ... what can we do better? This is going to be a long series."— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) April 19, 2016
Casey, asked about officiating throughout the playoffs: "How much did Stan Van Gundy get fined the other day?"— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) April 19, 2016
JV's next step, per Casey is adding a 3pt shot, says most bigs add it later in career. Joked, "Start at 15-feet, without the pump fake"— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) April 19, 2016
Casey, asked if they can win the series without DeRozan scoring his usual 20+: "You would hope you could but it would be more difficult"— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) April 19, 2016
How do you feel about the Raptors' mindset heading into Game 3 at Bankers Life on Thursday night?