Oct 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors shooting guard Terrence Ross (31) is congratulated by teammate Julyan Stone for making a three point shot to send the game against the New York Knicks at the Air Canada Centre into triple overtime.Toronto won the game 123-120. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Terrence Ross – is he ready for his close-up?


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.

Oct 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors point guard Dwight Buycks (13) is fouled by New York Knicks power forward Josh Powell (20) in the second half of a game at the Air Canada Centre.Toronto won the game in triple overtime123-120. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

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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  • RyanMueller

    Ross is very talented, but he appears to lack the necessary basketball IQ to take it to the superstar level. I would be happy if he improved to the point that he could earn regular minutes, but not sure he is there yet. Right now he is a good energy player that can provide highlight reel dunks that can get the home crowd on their feet.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Ryan:
      B-ball IQ is a difficult concept to deal with. I agree he doesn’t have it yet, to the degree that someone like Landry Fields does, but by all accounts Terrence is a bright guy (he’s one I haven’t met, so I can’t offer any enlightenment). Hopefully he’ll keep his eyes & ears open and his mouth shut sufficiently to pick up the nuances of the game.
      We should revisit this matter later in the season.
      Thanks for commenting.