For Terry, win is only thing that matters
December, 13, 2012
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- If Hollywood was in charge of scripting NBA outcomes, it would have been Jason Terry with the ball in his hands for one of Boston's final shot attempts at the end of regulation or overtime during Wednesday's visit from his former employer.
Alas, nothing from this Mavericks-Celtics clash was worthy of the big screen. Terry struggled with his shot, finishing 3-of-10 shooting (just 1-of-6 beyond the 3-point arc) with 10 points, three assists, three steals and a rebound over 47:45. Terry, who had downplayed the significance of the meeting leading up to tipoff, said the only numbers that ultimately mattered to him was the final score: a 117-115 double-overtime triumph for Boston.
"The most important thing is we got the win," said Terry. "Now we need to string together more than one win and just keep it going."
Minimize it as he might, Terry clearly had a little extra juice on Wednesday and he missed all four shots he put up in the first half. He hit his only 3-pointer of the game early in the third quarter to spark a little run that had Boston out front by as much as 14, but he -- like his teammates -- struggled to score in crunch time (he did score the first three points of the first overtime on a nice and-one sequence).
But Terry had already shifted gears from the Mavericks to Friday's opponent and the start of a three-game road trip in Houston.
"So this is a stretch right here, you're going on the road, it's going to test us," said Terry. "Another test for us this season and hopefully we can, again, string together some wins. We've been playing hard, our effort is there -- we've got that corrected. Now we've just got to string it together."
When reporters tried to steer him back to Wednesday's game, Terry wouldn't have it.
"I don't know. I don't even remember," he said. "The game happened so fast. I think you'll have to watch the tape to analyze [the late-game execution]."
Teammate and locker neighbor Jeff Green said Terry got what he wanted from the game and that was the win.
"He missed a lot of shots, but he made them when it counted," said Green, detailing Terry's offensive highlights. "You have those days. But before the game I told him, 'You helped me get mine, I'm gonna help you get yours.' We got the victory and that's what matters."
The Celtics defeated Green's former squad -- the Oklahoma City Thunder -- last month, and now have topped Terry's former squad. Friday's visit to Houston is a chance for Courtney Lee to see some familiar faces.
If he's like Terry, the only thing that will matter is emerging with win.
[For more from Terry on facing his old squad, hop HERE]