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With a new management team in place and the addition of a couple of key role players, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey is hopeful his team can make the jump into a playoff position in 2013-14. Adam Lind Mariners Jersey . Speaking on TSN 1050s Macko & Cauz show on Tuesday, the third-year bench boss is excited to see how his new pieces blend with the teams young core. “We needed toughness inside to go along with Jonas Valanciunas), Amir Johnson and Aaron Gray and we brought in Tyler Hansbrough, who I think our fans will be excited about.” To go along with the former Pacers power forward, the team addressed its perimeter shooting need via the Andrea Bargnani deal and in free agency. “We needed three-point shooting and we got Steve Novak and Austin Daye, who is a young untapped talented player who has three-point shooting ability.” Following a 17-32 start, the Raptors played the rest of the season one game over .500, in part because of a renewed emphasis on the defensive end. “We will get back to defence and let the offence take care of itself,” Casey said. “I thought Masai (Ujiri), Jeff (Weltman) and our management team did an excellent job of bringing in the type of players that will fit our needs.” Still, the team finished four games out of a playoff spot and new president and CEO Tim Leiweke decided to make a change in the basketball operations department, replacing former GM Bryan Colanagelo with Ujiri. Casey said Ujiri and Leiweke operate differently than Coloangelo in that the former GM took a more hands-on approach than the current structure. “Bryans management style is more hands on. Hes there every day, hes involved…Theres nothing wrong with that, its just a different management style.” Casey is confident where the team is headed, but noted that the expectation of a playoff spot last season may have been too unrealistic. “I thought we put the cart before the horse last year in talking about the playoffs too soon, we were still building…Adding Rudy, adding some of the pieces we have now, weve accelerated that building.” Casey mentioned that while the team is positioned to make a playoff push this season, the overall focus is still on growing and developing the talented core they have in place. “We have good young talent thats getting better, but at the same time we want to win. We owe it to our fans, we owe it to our organization to put our best foot forward and go out to compete to win.” Nelson Cruz Jersey .C. -- Calgarys Kevin Koe did it the hard way again. Steve Cishek Mariners Jersey . They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation. http://www.baseballmarinersofficial.com/norichika-aoki-jersey-c-14/ . LOUIS -- Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59. SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Leading California by 18 points midway through the second half, San Diego States Jeremy Hemsley thought he and his teammates became a little complacent.Coach Steve Fisher didnt see it that way and was more focused on the outcome -- a big win for the Aztecs, one week after they got blown out by 14th-ranked Gonzaga.Hemsley scored 15 points, Trey Kell converted a 3-point play with 2:21 remaining that pushed a shrinking lead back into double digits and San Diego State beat California 77-65 on Monday night.We let them get some easy looks and we werent rebounding as well as we did in the first half, Hemsley said. Thats something we do have to work on, playing the whole game and not letting the foot off the gas pedal.Malik Pope had 14 points and five rebounds in his season debut before fouling out late in the second half, Kell scored 11 points and Max Hoetzel added 11 points and seven rebounds for San Diego State (3-1). Pope sat out the first three games with a knee injury.The Aztecs shot just 36.9 percent and let most of a 62-44 lead slip away before holding on for their fourth straight win between the two teams.You have to be able to stem the tide and not allow a run to grow and grow and grow, Fisher said. It happens. I dont know that we let up. Cal competes hard and so do we.Both teams struggled shooting most of the game but combined for 67 free throw attempts at the Golden 1 Center, home to the NBAs Sacramento Kings.Ivan Rabb had 19 points and 11 rebounds in his first game of the season for California (2-1).Once Ivan settlled down and we settled down we were able to see the defense and we were able to do a better job, Bears coach Cuonzo Martin said. Taijuan Walker Jersey. OLDEN DEBUT FOR BOTH TEAMSThe game was the second NCAA game played at the Golden 1 Center. UC Davis beat Sacramento State 81-72 in the first half of the doubleheader. Former Cal point guard and current Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson attended the game and sat courtside.POLL IMPLICATIONSMaybe the voters saw this coming. California dropped out of the Top 25 this week despite beating Irvine while playing without three starters. The Bears had a chance to get back in with a win over the Aztecs but thats not going to happen now.BIG PICTURESan Diego State: Fishers team had been playing short-handed in its first three games but got most of the injured guys back. Popes return was key but the Aztecs will need to find more scoring somewhere. They made only 11 of 32 shots after halftime.California: This was a step up in competition and the Bears didnt handle it well early, shooting only 23.1 percent in the first half. That they made it close in the second half was mostly due to the Aztecs poor shooting. Still, what looked like a blowout turned into a tight stretch run and for that Cal can feel good. 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