“We can’t get back on our heels and let Cleveland attack us. We have to be the aggressors and it’s not asking guys to do anything they haven’t done. We did it against Indy, Memphis and New York.
“It’s something we can’t let slip.”
Gay leading the way
While Rudy Gay became the Raptors go-to guy the moment he joined the team, being one of the team’s veteran players will also let him take on a leadership role.
On Monday, he had his worst outing as a member of the Raptors when he shot 1-11 from the field and committed five turnovers.
At Tuesday’s practice, Gay had a few words for his teammates ahead of the Cleveland game as he tries to help all of the players to get on the same page.
“We’ve just got to, no matter what, whether it’s practice or a game, we just have to really be the same way,” Gay told Sportsnet.ca’s Holly Mackenzie. “That’s how good teams get good, by being the same way every day. It’s learned behaviour. It’s not just something you get by putting a team together.”
Casey hopes that Gay’s experiences in Memphis with the Grizzlies will help his team understand what it takes to win.
“He’s been through the process,” Casey said. “They started out in Memphis where we are as far as the building part of the program … he’s seen this growth and the building process and how hard it is.”