- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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But Terry came up with a couple of under-the-radar moments on the final two possessions to help the Celtics emerge with a 93-92 triumph over the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.
Start at the defensive end, where Terry found himself isolated on Shaun Livingston in a one-point game. A little spin move near the free throw line gave Livingston some space, but Terry stayed close and got some help from Brandon Bass while forcing an errant 10-foot jumper. What's more, Terry hauled in the ball when Jordan Crawford flicked the rebound back toward the middle of the paint.
The Celtics called their last timeout to set up a final play, but might have caught two breaks. Their initial play seemed to be the familiar Paul Pierce isolation, but the floor wasn't spaced particularly well. Pierce didn't have a very good angle from the right wing, but the ball was deflected out of bounds with 2.1 seconds to play. While the refs huddled to verify the time remaining, Rivers was able to audible to put the ball in Jeff Green's hands for the final shot.
Terry has struggled to be a consistent scoring weapon this season, but he makes up for any shooting woes with the little plays that often go overlooked. To set into motion Green's buzzer-beating heroics, Terry had to set a pick on Luke Walton to allow Green the space to catch the ball at the top of the arc and drive (check out the Comcast SportsNet screenshot below):
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Terry looks like a running back picking up a blitzing linebacker as he does all he can to hold up the 6-foot-8, 235-pound Walton. Without that screen, Green might not have had the chance to attack the basket, where he split two defenders and willed in a tough shot in traffic at the buzzer.
Lamented Cavs coach Byron Scott: "We talked about in the huddle, to just switch everything. Luke got a little too far down the floor. Wayne [Ellington] ended up having his back turned when [Terry] set the screen on Luke and basically just gave Jeff Green a great angle to the basket. So we didn’t switch it like we wanted to. You have to give [Boston] some credit. It was a good play, but we were a little lackadaisical. Luke was too far down the floor and so was Wayne. We had to be a little bit more aggressive in that instance."