Terry: 'Gotta shake it off'
December, 22, 2012
By Greg Payne | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Following a 1-for-15 shooting performance in which he scored just four points in the Celtics' 99-94 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night, Jason Terry wasn't looking to make excuses as he sought responsibility for Boston's latest stumble.
Mark L. Baer/USA TODAY SportsJason Terry struggled from the floor again during Friday's loss the Bucks.
Though the Celtics as a team finished 36-of-94 from the floor (38.3 percent) and other players, like Kevin Garnett (6-for-22), struggled mightily from the field, Terry felt his own performance, which included a 1-for-9 mark from 3-point nation, played perhaps the greatest role in Boston's defeat.
"That was frustrating," Terry admitted afterward. "For me, being a shooter, you're getting looks that you wanted and they're not falling for you, especially when your team needs you most. Again, I take this one on my shoulders. Maybe it's the Bucks, I don't know. That's two tough ones for me against them. So, gotta shake it off. Gotta shake it off. Shooters shoot, so I guarantee you I'll be back out there tomorrow morning getting my shots up trying to make it right."
Despite falling behind by as many as seven late in the fourth quarter, the Celtics mounted a furious last-minute rally that ended with Paul Pierce burying a game-tying 3-pointer with three seconds remaining. Terry, though, suffered through an 0-for-5 effort in the fourth quarter alone, including coming up empty on a potential game-tying 3-pointer of his own prior to Pierce's.
Asked if his poor shooting night had crept into his head by that point in the game, Terry was adamant that he wasn't overthinking his shots.
"Oh, not at all. Not at all. Not at all. I'm still letting it fly," Terry maintained. "You'll see that I had the one that could have tied it up that Paul ended up getting. I was still going to let it fly. I mean, shooters shoot, and that's what we're going to continue to do."
Terry did concede, though, that he's always caught off guard a little bit when he delivers a shooting effort as poor as Friday's.
"Definitely after probably the third shot, I was like, 'Man, what's going on out here?'" Terry admitted. "Then I had a good look in overtime that, man, that's bread and butter; baseline jump shot, didn't go in. So then at that point I'm like, 'If I get another one it's got to go.' So, if there was 10 more minutes in that game I'm thinking I'm going 5-for-5. That's just my mindset. So, it didn't happen tonight, but, again, I'm not going to stop shooting. But I told the guys, this one's on me."
It was the second time this month Terry has shot less than 10 percent from the field in a game, as he delivered a 1-for-12 performance (.083 percent) on Dec. 7 against the 76ers down in Philadelphia.
Though Terry has built a reputation as a reliable and clutch long-distance shooter, he said after Friday's game that he should have done a better job of attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line. As a team, Boston took 20 free throws to the Bucks' 36, while Terry garnered just a single attempt at the charity stripe.
"Well if I had to go back through the game, I probably would have took a couple of those and just force it in there and try to get to the free throw line," Terry said. "I don't know what the numbers were, but we didn't shoot many free throws tonight and that's going to hurt you, especially when you're talking about playoff basketball, championship basketball. You can't just settle for jump shots, and I think I did that a lot tonight."