Raptors rookie Terrence Ross getting chance to strut his stuff

Raptors guard Terrence Ross and Suns forward Luis Scola fight for a loose ball at the Air Canada...

Raptors guard Terrence Ross and Suns forward Luis Scola fight for a loose ball at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont., Nov. 30, 2012. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:20 PM ET

DENVER - As he enters his second month in the NBA, Terrence Ross has already done a whole bunch of growing up.

He really hasn’t had much choice.

Away from family and friends, in a new city, never mind a new country, he has had a lot on his plate.

The somewhat reserved rookie, who came out of Halifax following training camp still looking to put his stamp on his NBA game, has been doing a pretty good job of just that these past couple of weeks.

A big part of that is opportunity.

With both Alan Anderson and Landry Fields out with injuries, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey had no alternative but to look to his rookie and foist the kind of minutes on him he wouldn’t normally get this early in his first season.

For Ross, the extra run meant the maturation process was naturally sped up even more.

This was especially evident from his performance in the loss in Houston. He was getting out on the break and throwing down thunderous dunks — even in traffic — the k


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