Bombs away: Why the Raptors need a slumping Terrence Ross to keep shooting

Title: Bombs away: Why the Raptors need a slumping Terrence Ross to keep shooting
Date: December 16, 2015
Original Source: Sportsnet
Synopsis: For my latest at Sportsnet, I looked at the shooting struggles of Terrence Ross and Nik Stauskus, suggesting they just keep shooting.

Two hours before tip-off on Sunday, Terrence Ross and Nik Stauskas stood at opposite ends of the Air Canada Centre court, working through their pre-game shooting routines. For each, the exercise was seamless: Ross’ bouncy fluidity made every shot seem in perfect rhythm; Stauskas’ flawless form was unwavering. To watch the respective displays, you’d think they were warming up for the Three-Point Shootout to be held on this same court at All-Star Weekend in February.

But the pair of would-be sharpshooters won’t be anywhere near that competition. For each, the 2015-16 season has been a long, unrelenting struggle that, in the process, has create difficult questions for their respective coaches. Namely, how much leash can you give a shooter who isn’t knocking down shots?

Turns out that the answer in both cases, for different reasons, is “a lot.”

Continue reading at Sportsnet.


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