I don’t give much credence to the results of pre-season games, as line-ups are cobbled together, and every team’s top 5 plays about a third of its normal minutes. However, I can’t ignore (nor do I want to) Terrence Ross’s big game against the New York Knicks on Monday night. The Toronto Raptors’ sophomore swingman enjoyed his best professional game with 27 points.
While I’d sign a petition ordering all pre-season games to end after four quarters, I suppose we’re all glad there’s no such rule currently. Terrence had but 12 points after regulation time, then exploded for 15 in the 2 OverTime periods. His last of 6 3-balls was the most dramatic; draining a fadeaway in tight coverage as time expired in the first OT to tie the match at 113. The Raps would pull out a 123-120 victory.
TR desperately needed this game. He secured the #8 pick by the Raptors largely because of his dazzling shooting from distance, but that skill has been largely missing since he joined the NBA. Terrence shot just over 33% as a rookie on 3-balls (65/196), and he hadn’t shown any uptick in summer league or to this point in pre-season.
While it’s way too early to be popping champagne corks, every Rap fan joins with Terrence in breathing a sigh of relief. Let’s see if he gets more run against Memphis tonight. In particular, I’ll be watching to see how many times he’s on the floor with the big boys. Playing with Rudy and Kyle should afford him a lot more space than when he’s out there with Buycks, Wright and Stone (none of whom will break camp as Raptors, it says here).
Was the Knicks game a blip on the radar, or a glimpse of the future for Terrence Ross? What do you think, Rapture Nation? Please drop a Comment.
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