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Raptors unfazed by talk that Nets tanked down stretch to land playoff series with Toronto

The Toronto Raptors won the Atlantic Division and set a franchise record with 48 wins. They've still been labeled the weakest of the top four playoff teams in the Eastern Conference.The Nets may think so. Brooklyn dropped four of its last five games, with coach Jason Kidd resting his regulars in a 29-point loss to Cleveland on the final night of the season, as the Nets slid from fifth to sixth in the East, earning a first-round meeting with the Raptors and avoiding fourth-seeded Chicago."I like right where we are. A good place," Kidd said after the seeding was confirmed.The Nets may be happy, but the third-seeded Raptors aren't too pleased at the portrayal."It would tick me off if that was the case," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said Thursday when asked for his opinion on Brooklyn's alleged strategy of tanking. "If they did, sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for."Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri was also feisty, saying he and his team "haven't lost one second of sleep worr...

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