As inconsistent a season that second-year small forward Terrence Ross had for the Toronto Raptors, his postseason performance has been even worse. So bad that coach Dwane Casey may relegate Ross to the bench in Game 4.
During Game 3 of the Raptors NBA Playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, Ross played just five minutes during the second half before being sent to the bench by Casey, and that may be where he starts Game 4 according to comments made by the coach.
“We’re still going to look at that,” Casey said via the National Post. “The decision hasn’t been made but we will look at it. Right now we don’t want to do anything drastic. … It’s not panic time, but we do have to look at that position and get more productivity out of that spot.”
Ross has scored only 10 points, and has missed 13 of his 16 field-goal attempts in the series against Brooklyn, which has the Raptors trailing the Nets two games to one.
If Ross is benched, Casey would either have to go with John Salmons or Landry Fields at small forward, or start a 3-guard set by starting Greivis Vasquez.