Dwane Casey.

Casey on Raptors' game seven challenge - 'In wrong profession if not motivated'

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In just over one hour's time, the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat will take to the court in a win-or-go-home game seven - the winner of which will progress to the Eastern Conference Finals, and a series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The stakes tonight at the Air Canada Centre couldn't be much higher and, as a result, tensions are sure to be high amongst everyone involved; from the fans in the stands, to the players and coaching staff.

Rather than wilting under the pressure, however, Toronto head coach Dwane Casey told the media before tip-off today that his players should be relishing the opportunity:

"If you're not ready to play today," Casey told reporters during his pre-game press conference, "you're in the wrong profession."

Casey himself has no playing experience in the playoffs having gone undrafted, but does know what the latter stages of the postseason are like, having been an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks during their run to the title in 2011.

For the Raptors as a whole, though, they are one win away from creating franchise history. Only once before, in 2001, have Toronto reached the Conference semi finals. Back then, they lost 3-4 to the 76ers. 

The pressure on the shoulders of the current roster's shoulders, then, is extremely high as they prepare for Sunday's Heat clash. 

Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors - Game Five

At the end of the day, it is likely to be whichever team, Toronto or Miami, who can handle the pressure the best that will progress to take on Cleveland for a chance in the NBA Finals.

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