For the second time in two years, Dwane Casey was named coach of the month, and rightfully so. The Raps have been the best team in the East so far this season and have been one of, if not the best up and coming team in the league. And Casey deserves just as much credit for that as anyone else. His defence first mindset has been visibly instilled in his players and they buy in to everything he says.
However, now comes Casey's first major test of the year.
Dwane Casey's challenge is to find a way to win without DeMar DeRozan. With the Raptors star out for at least a month, Dwane will need to get the most out of his other players, especially third years T Ross and JV. He will also need to find a lineup that works and find a way to balance DeRozan's minutes among the rest of the team. This could be a much harder task than it seems, even with the depth of this team.
If the Raps can maintain the lead in the East even without their All Star, then Casey will have just officially thrown his name into the Coach of the Year race. If not, it's not the end of the world, however this is still a great chance for others to step up and prove how much depth this team has.