Terence Ross led the scoring with 19 points as the Toronto Raptors beat the Boston Celtics 99-97 for the second time this preseason. It was Ross’ best performance so far in an otherwise quiet campaign. The sophomore is now averaging 9.4 points per game in five games.
We all know of the athleticism and ability to dunk the ball, but Ross will be looking to develop other elements of his game if he is to prove his worth of the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Playing under coach Dwayne Casey means that Ross will need to shore up his defense. Although he native only averaged 17 minutes per contest last season, Ross will want to improve his player efficiency and production when he is on the floor.
He averaged just two rebounds a game and less than an assist per game, two areas he will want to quickly improve upon. Although it is still preseason, Ross’ 2.4 rebounds per game are not enough of an improvement. If he is to get sufficient minutes this season, he will need to take advantage and make the most of every opportunity he is given this season.
The Raptors moved to 4-1 and will take on the New York Knicks at Air Canada Center on Monday. The two faced off against each other last week Toronto coming out on top 100-91.
Monday will mark the second return of former Raptor Andrea Bargnani. It was a mixed reception for the Italian in the first encounter, but he responded well by scoring 10 points. Bargnani has also established himself a starting spot on the Knicks’ roster.