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Dwane Casey would have been out as Toronto Raptors head coach had the team lost to the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the NBA playoffs, reports Zach Lowe of ESPN.

According to the report, “several league sources” said that Casey would have been axed if Toronto did not advance to the second round. The team has since advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, where Toronto is battling the Cleveland Cavaliers for the conference title and a spot in the NBA Finals. 

Casey was named Raptors head coach in 2011. Over the course of his time in Toronto, Casey is 210–184 with three playoff appearances, including this season. After failing to make the postseason in Casey's first two seasons as head coach, the Raptors lost in the first round in the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons. 

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Toronto handed the Cavaliers their first two postseason losses, evening the series headed into Game 5 in Cleveland on Wednesday.

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