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TORONTO - Dwane Casey says his New Years resolution is to cut back on his use of profanity. Mike Singletary Jersey . Lately his team hasnt given him much to curse about. The Raptors have won four straight, nine of their last 12 games, and the NBA has taken notice, awarding Casey Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honours for December. Heading into the month, Casey - like everyone else on the teams payroll - was on the hot seat after a 6-12 start forced Masai Ujiris hand and prompted the first of what seemed to be a series of franchise-altering transactions, the trade of Rudy Gay. Since then and to the surprise of most observers, Caseys club has turned a corner, playing the best and most harmonious basketball of his three-year tenure. Still, the Raptors coach is a long ways from taking any credit for his or the teams recent accomplishments. "I dont give a crap," Casey exclaimed following Wednesdays upset win over Indiana, briefly disregarding his New Years promise after he was asked about the personal satisfaction that may come out of his team success. "I mean, its not about me. Its about that team in there, in that locker room. Im going to be in coaching for a long time so its not about me, its about those guys." No, hes not going to take any credit, but he deserves a whole lot of it. The 56-year-old head coach has held his team together during what could have been, and likely should have been, their most trying period of time. Forced to bid farewell to their (arguably) most talented player and welcome in four new teammates after a rare early-season trade, the Raptors found themselves in a place of uncertainty. They were a franchise in limbo. Many believed Ujiri would immediately clean house, beginning with starting point guard Kyle Lowry, and perhaps even Casey, both in the last year of expiring deals. In spite of the obvious and understandable off-court distractions that hovered over them, Casey kept his troops focused. They remained upbeat, maybe more so than ever before, and continued to fight the good fight. The results speak for themselves. "I know, to win in this league you have to be a physical, bad-behind team," Casey said, staying in line with his resolution after the Raptors closed out December with a comeback win in Chicago, finishing the month with an 8-6 record. "Im not going to let up, Im not going to relent from that because thats who we are, its who weve got to be." All 15 players have bought into what Casey has been selling. They have defeated the best team in each conference and engineered four comeback victories on the road in a span of six games. Still, they remain grounded, focused and hungry for more. "The two wins [are] great but it would have been nice to finish with one more," Amir Johnson had said after a hard-fought loss in San Antonio, coming off a pair of surprising road wins over Dallas and Oklahoma City. "We cant settle." "Its a process," Casey says so often that the words have lost their meaning, but it has been and continues to be a process. DeMar DeRozan, the teams leading scorer, has never participated in a playoff game or been part of a winning team. Johnson hasnt won since he was a spectator on the contending Pistons teams. Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross, both starters, are barely a third of the way into their second season as NBA pros. Somehow Casey has this group believing they can win, behaving like theyve been in this situation before and for the most part, they havent. From Caseys standpoint, nothing has changed. His approach remains the same, his work ethic is still unmatched but like anything else in professional sports and in life its about taking advantage of the right opportunity. Finally, the Raptors third-year head coach is getting the chance to show what he can do with a healthy, stable rotation. In his first season with the team, the lockout-shortened campaign of 2011-12, Casey overachieved despite using 20 different starting lineups and losing 124 man-games to injury. In many ways last season was three-in-one, as Casey has called it. The Raptors used 22 different starting units in 2012-13, losing 163 games to injury while navigating through the deal that brought Gay to Toronto midseason. Through 30 games this season, the team has had the benefit of good health, losing just five games to injury. As a result, Casey has started four different five-man units. In return for Gay, Ujiri was able to acquire four veteran players, three of which have been featured in Caseys nine-man rotation, the first consistent rotation he has felt comfortable using consistently over an extended period of time. "Guys are playing their role, guys are producing, that makes any rotation easier when guys produce," Casey said earlier this week, deflecting the credit once again. Since the trade, a vast majority of Caseys bold coaching decisions have paid off. Moving Ross to the starting lineup, cutting Tyler Hansbroughs minutes to include Patrick Patterson in the rotation, utilizing veteran forward John Salmons over Landry Fields and Steve Novak, rotating Ross and Salmons to close games, theyve all contributed to the teams recent surge. As they embark on another challenging road-trip - visiting the red-hot Wizards, defending champion Heat and conference-best Pacers - the Raptors sit atop the Atlantic Division for the first time (this late in the season) since 2007. That was also the last year a Raptors coach was named Coach of the Month. Casey becomes the third coach in franchise history to receive the honour, joining Lenny Wilkens (April 2002) and Sam Mitchell (January 2007), who went on to win the NBAs Coach of the Year award that season. William Perry Jersey . Duhamel, from Lively, Ont., and Radford, from Balmertown, Ont., were third with 210.84 points. Teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto were fourth. Duhamel and Radford, who were seventh at the Sochi Olympics, also won bronze at last years world championships in London, Ont. Tom Compton Jersey . He will just have to wait a little longer. Bester grabbed an early lead before Scotlands Darren Burnett took over and ran away with the mens singles lawn bowling final 21-9 on Friday.NEW YORK, N.Y. - Free agent pitcher Enrique Garcia has been suspended for 50 games under baseballs minor league drug program for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.The commissioners office said Tuesday that Garcias suspension will start when he signs with another major league organization.The 24-year-old left-hander was 5-3 with a 5.23 ERA in 40 relief appearances last yearr for Arizonas Visalia farm team in the Class A California League and was released last month. Pat ODonnell Jersey. The Diamondbacks signed him in 2013, and he was 7-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 35 appearances that year for South Bend of the Class A Midwest League.Garcia became the first player penalized this year under the minor league program. 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