Raptors' Ross trying to figure out how to succeed in playoffs

Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (right) fouls Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross during Game 3...

Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (right) fouls Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross during Game 3 of their first-round NBA playoff series Friday at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:55 PM ET

BROOKLYN - Terrence Ross got his first playoff lesson rather quickly.

It was exactly 4:12 into the first quarter of Game 1 when he picked up his second foul, his second in four seconds.

It earned him a trip back to the bench and basically messed him up for the remainder of the game.

The lesson? You can be more physical in the playoffs, but it’s not an equal playing field. What Kevin Garnett can get away with after 18 years in the league is not the same as what Ross can get away with.

This is how Ross described his first lesson in playoff basketball.

“It’s pretty physical but, at the same time, you can’t be too physical because I tried doing that and almost fouled out,” he said Friday following the morning shootaround. “You just have to try and match it.”

And forget about getting any indication from where the line is between foul and just physical play from anyone else.

“You can’t get the same calls vets get, especially your second year in the league,”


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