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“Keeping the same situations over and over, and not being successful, something’s gotta give, something’s gotta change,” said Kyle Lowry after the Raptors pissed away a 16-point lead over the Pistons to lose their 10th game in 14 outings. Some of those were particularly ugly for a team that fancies itself a contender in the weak East: Sixers, Suns, Wolves, Magic twice. Asked what had to change, a demoralized Lowry had ominous words: “I have an idea, but I’m going to keep my mouth shut, keep it very professional.”

That tight-lipped appeal to “professionalism” feels like a giveaway that Lowry’s craving not just some tactical adjustment but a personnel shift. And maybe that’s just a weird, veiled reference to his trade deadline wish list; it’s at least as likely that it’s a reference to head coach Dwane Casey, who’s taken some heat for his late-game play calling in recent weeks. Casey’s never been anyone’s idea of a tactical genius, and last night the Raps managed just four points in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter. While it feels odd to suggest that a coach presiding over a 32-23 team needs to be axed, the simple fact is that if the Raptors ever want to be more than a strong regular-season team that flames out in the playoffs, they’ll need a coach who can get his team good shots at the end of games.

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During the Raptors’ slump, they sunk from second to fourth in the East, ceding ground to the Celtics and newly functional Wizards, with the Hawks sitting only half a game back in fifth. Whatever shakeup Lowry had in mind, it needs to arrive soon if they hope to salvage their season.