Boston Celtics: Jason Terry

Terry to return vs. Celtics

October, 20, 2013
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NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets reserve guard Jason Terry will make his preseason debut Wednesday night in Boston.

Terry had been recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee. He went through his first full practice Friday.

"It's gonna be great, getting back out there with my teammates," Terry said Sunday. "I've been out there in practice the last couple days. Everything's been going fine, no setbacks. So just being able to get out there in real live game action, it's gonna be good."

Terry said his plan all along was to play in the team's final two preseason games. The Nets wrap up the preseason in Miami Friday night. Terry added that his knee feels strong.

The Nets acquired Terry, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in an offseason trade with the Celtics. Garnett and Pierce will not travel to Boston for Wednesday's game.

"It's gonna be fun," Terry said of making his return to Boston. "For me, I was only there a year. The fans were great, the city was good to me. There's no hard feelings or ill-emotions. I'm gonna see some of my friends; Avery Bradley's almost like a brother to me. Seeing him will be good."

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The start of NBA free agency truly is Christmas in July. But sorry, Celtics fans, after years of pretty presents, it's most likely coal this year.

AP Photo/Elise AmendolaAfter being Boston's big free-agency splash a year ago, Jason Terry is set to fly out of town soon.
It's not your fault, even if we have gotten a little spoiled in these parts by all the success of our sports teams. This is just the way it goes during rebuilding. You have to try to save those pennies for a couple of Julys, right some of the wrongs you made at the start of NBA summers past and hope to dive back into the big-name sweepstakes sooner rather than later.

Last July 1, Doc Rivers made Jason Terry his first phone call, trying to recruit the veteran sixth man who the team thought would certainly cure its longstanding bench anemia. The Celtics loaded up knowing full well that the 2012-13 campaign might be the last run for a veteran core led by Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, throwing three years and $15.7 million at the now 35-year-old guard. Terry tattooed a Celtics leprechaun spinning the Larry O'Brien trophy on his arm and immediately endeared himself to the region; maybe he can use some of the 7.5 percent trade kicker that Boston will soon pay him to aid the removal.

This year? The Celtics don't even have a coach to make recruiting pitches. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is more likely to call a rival general manager about a deal than try to sweet-talk a big-name free agent.

Terry is just the latest of Boston's mid-level misfires (Jermaine O'Neal, Rasheed Wallace and Chris Wilcox before him). Alas, as an over-the-cap team, the Celtics have often been at the mercy of their few exceptions in hopes of giving their veteran core a boost.

Now, as the Celtics simply count the days before a blockbuster swap that will send Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Terry to Brooklyn can be officially completed, the team is more likely to examine the trade market while trying to unclog cap constraints with the goal of overhauling its roster as quickly as possible.

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Here's the plan: Run it back

May, 29, 2013
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Like every good team, the Boston Celtics will enter the offseason with multiple plans of attack based on how the summer unfolds. Unlike past years, however, deciding which initial outline is Plan A isn't quite as easy to determine. The Celtics have plenty of options -- and that's not necessarily a good thing -- as each sketch has its pitfalls and promise.

Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY SportsCould the Celtics squeeze one more season out of the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett combo?



While there was much more roster uncertainty last summer, at least in terms of the amount of unrestricted free agents, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was adamant that re-signing Kevin Garnett was Plan A, and the team was able to hit the ground running when Garnett inked a three-year extension before the start of free agency.

This year? You can believe Ainge when he says he's not really sure which direction the team is headed. An early playoff exit makes it an extra long crawl to the NBA draft later this month, which serves as the sort of unofficial start of roster construction for the 2013-14 season.

Over the next month, we'll hear an endless amount of speculation about which direction the Celtics might be leaning -- like the out-of-town report this week that suggested the Celtics were ready to buy out Paul Pierce -- but the truth of the matter is that it's a fluid situation, and all Ainge can do at this point is gather information about potential moves and be ready to activate his plan of choice when the moment arrives.

There seems to be four main scenarios in play this offseason:
  • Keep the band together: Minimal changes, bank on health
  • Goodbye, captain: Roster tweaked with Pierce departure
  • Out with the old: Moving on without both KG and Pierce
  • Complete teardown: Extreme makeover: Celtics edition

Over the next four days, we'll take a closer look at each possible option, gauge the potential for it to occur, determine some moves that might go along with it, and debate whether it's the best course of attack. First up: We're putting the band back together.

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Report Card: Jason Terry

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Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesFollowing an underwhelming 2012-13 season, Jason Terry is only looking forward.
After the Boston Celtics' 2012-13 campaign met an untimely end, we've busted out our red pens and assigned grades to each player based on their individual performances this season. This is the first in a series of end-of-the-season report cards:

Player: Jason Terry
2012-13 averages: 10.1 ppg, 2.5 apg, 2 rpg, 26.9 mpg, 37.2 3PT%, 43.3 FG%
2012-13 salary: $5 million

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Season in a paragraph: Searching for that elusive bench spark, Celtics coach Doc Rivers made Terry his first phone call when free agency opened last July and that helped lure the ring-wearing, shot-making guard out of Dallas on a three-year, $15.7 million deal utilizing the midlevel exception. The 35-year-old Terry, pressed into spending 24 games as a starter due to injuries, never settled into his typical bench role and underachieved for much of the regular season when his scoring average dropped five points per game from the year before (in five fewer minutes of floor time). Terry's PER was a career-worst (12.8), as was his assist percentage (14.9) despite Boston's lack of a backup ball-handler. A suspension-caliber elbow to the face from New York's J.R. Smith in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference first-round series against the Knicks seemed to finally roust Terry and he played four of his best games of the season as the Celtics tried desperately to prolong their playoff lives.

Season highlight: With Boston on the verge of being swept out of the playoffs, Terry connected on 7-of-10 shots while posting 18 points and four assists over 41 minutes in a Game 4 triumph over the Knicks at TD Garden. He followed that up by hitting five 3-pointers as part of a 17-point effort in a Game 5 win as Boston nearly made it a series again.

Season lowlight: Pick a regular-season game, any regular-season game. Terry was desperate to find a late-season spark and nothing could quite get him going. The most disappointing effort might have been his return to Dallas on March 22 as Terry missed six of nine shots, turned the ball over three times and posted just eight points in a 104-94 defeat. In his final regular-season appearance against rival Miami on April 12, Terry again missed six of nine shots and committed four turnovers in a 109-101 loss that saw him score just six points. He took the final week of the regular season off to rest.

Final grade: D+

Teacher's notes: Terry's 2012-13 season was rather fascinating. The eyeball test suggests he was a major disappointment, a veteran shooter who never really got it going offensively and was a liability on defense at times. But you dig deeper and find that Terry was maybe Boston's most efficient offensive player (he was the only regular to average better than 1 point per play, according to Synergy Sports data) and the Celtics were an eye-catching plus-60 when Terry was on the floor, compared to minus-78 when he was off. Most of Boston's most successful five-man lineups this season included Terry. Yes, it's quite the anomaly. Good things tended to happen for Boston when Terry was on the court, those good things just rarely happened for him (the man nicknamed JET admitted in the playoffs that he had to keep his trademark runway celebration in the hangar for most of the year). Terry finished the season averaging 1.003 points per play (only Chris Wilcox had better numbers among teammates in limited reps) and ranked in the 83rd percentile among all NBA players, according to Synergy. Defensively, Terry allowed a team-worst 0.861 points per play for Boston regulars (only Jordan Crawford was worse among those with at least 100 defensive plays for the team).

What's next?: Terry, who will turn 36 before the start of training camp, has two years and $10.7 million remaining on his deal. Asked about Boston's murky offseason and whether he'd be back, Terry offered, "That’s not for me to decide." But buoyed by his postseason efforts, Terry stressed he has more basketball left in him and hoped for a chance to atone here next season. "This is new beginning for me," Terry said. "It’s been a rough year, ups and downs, but for the most part, I’m proud and happy to be a Celtic." Pressed on what he's looking for next season, Terry added, "I’ve got to get back to the Sixth Man of the Year form, if that’s going to be my role. I started off starting and then I went to the bench. I’ll take the summer to evaluate it, but definitely going forward, we’ve got to define my role and make sure it’s the right thing." Terry began the season as a starter while Avery Bradley worked his was back from shoulder surgeries. The Celtics, who have swung and missed multiple times in recent seasons on veterans brought in with the midlevel exception (see also: O'Neal, Jermaine and Wallace, Rasheed), will have to gauge if there's a potential trade market for a spunky veteran with something left in the tank (assuming his postseason efforts are enough to mask his regular-season woes). If the Celtics bring back veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, then maybe the team rolls the dice on Terry again. If Boston starts a roster overhaul, they almost certainly have to examine trade options given his age and salary.

Honor roll: Click HERE to read all of this season's report cards.

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Final Terry diary: Looking back, forward

May, 4, 2013
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TerryCeltics guard Jason Terry has been keeping a diary for ESPNBoston.com this season. In his final edition, JET explains what went wrong against the Knicks, how the J.R. Smith elbow woke him up, and what he learned from Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. (as told to Louise K. Cornetta)

I have mixed emotions about the end of our season, but I am definitely disappointed. You hate to go home with that type of loss when you know you're better than the team in the other locker room. I do take my hat off to the Knicks, though. I have friends over there in Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler. I am so happy for them to have another opportunity to win a championship. I hope they can get it done. They're my good friends. So I'll root for them. But if it were up to me? If nobody could win the championship this year, that would be my choice.

Our team showed a lot of heart as we tried to come back in Game 6. I think if we look back on this season and someone wanted to define our team with one word, you would say heart. Each and every guy exemplified it in one way or another. This team just never quit.

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Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images"What I hope we take from this experience into next year is to play with passion and heart every night," Jason Terry said.
Why did we lose? Because we dug ourselves into an 0-3 hole; you can't do that. You see why that is so tough to overcome. I understand why nobody has done it in professional basketball. When you dig yourself an 0-3 hole, it's just hard to get the gas up. Tonight was a prime example.

Looking back on some of the noteworthy items in this series like the J.R. Smith elbow I took, it definitely woke me up. I'm a competitor. Anytime something like that happens in a game or a series, it can kind of change a series around. I've been on the other side of it where I did something that almost changed a series around [with Dallas] but we got out of it and got the win. Every series is a learning experience. Each series is different. For us, I'm just proud of this team for the way we continued to fight.

J.R. may have said he didn't know who I was but he definitely knows who I am now. But I congratulated him after this final game; we leave everything between the lines on the court. I congratulated him on a great season. He had a tremendous performance, was the Sixth Man of the Year, and I wished him luck going forward.

Another headline in this series was the Knicks' wearing the black suits, which is something we did when I was in Dallas. J-Kidd and Tyson, they have to do whatever they feel works. Granted, if we had them in a close-out situation, I would have made sure we all wore black too. They got that idea from me from our Dallas days. No question it motivated us, though. But when you're down 0-3, you're looking for anything to motivate you.

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Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY SportsKevin Garnett gets up a first-quarter shot against Tyson Chandler.
NEW YORK -- Analysis from the Boston Celtics' 92-86 defeat of the New York Knicks in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference first-round series on Wednesday evening at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks lead the series 3-2:

The nitty gritty: Jeff Green scored a team-high 18 points to pace five Celtics players in double figures, including Jason Terry with 17 points (five 3-pointers) off the bench and Paul Pierce with 16 points after overcoming early struggles. Kevin Garnett finished with 16 points and a team-high 18 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-24 shooting, while Raymond Felton added 21 points, six rebounds and four assists. J.R. Smith, back after a one-game suspension for elbowing Terry in Game 3, was a nonfactor for much of the night (and maybe even a liability) as he missed his first 10 shots. Smith finished with 14 points on 3-of-14 shooting after hitting a trio of late-game triples.

Turning point: In a one-possession game midway through the third quarter, the Celtics embarked on a 16-4 run spanning into the fourth frame. Pierce and Terry hit 3-pointers late in the third as Boston stretched its lead to nine, but the Celtics opened the fourth on a 6-0 burst that culminated with a vicious one-handed flush by Green that pushed the Celtics out front 75-60 with 9:05 to go. A feverish late-game rally saw the Knicks pull within five (88-83) with 65 seconds to play, but Garnett hit a tough jumper to help fend them off.

I'm still standing: The Celtics reserves typically stand until Boston's first made basket of the game. Still standing four-plus minutes in as the Knicks built an 11-0 run, the backups settled for when Brandon Bass -- the early hero of the game for Boston -- made a free throw to break up the shutout with 7:32 to play in the first quarter. The Celtics managed to trim their deficit to two at the end of the frame, and a more inspired second quarter had them up six at halftime as the momentum swung in their favor.

Technical difficulties: Smith and Terry -- involved in the Game 3 dust-up that got Smith ejected and later suspended for Game 4 for a flagrant foul 2 elbow -- renewed pleasantries and were assessed double technicals with 6:45 to play in the game. Earlier in the game, referees initially assessed Kenyon Martin with a flagrant foul for hammering Garnett. Upon video review, it was downgraded to a personal foul.

What it means:
Well, we appear to have a series again. With their backs to the wall after losing the first three games, the Celtics responded with back-to-back wins. As Doc Rivers will certainly point out now, this is as close as a series can be after five games. Boston has to like its chances of evening things up when the series returns to Boston for Game 6 on Friday night at TD Garden. But it's still an uphill climb for the Celtics and one that will require winning in New York again on Sunday if they can force a Game 7. But Boston is playing with renewed confidence after these two wins and has put New York on its heels.

Terry ready to fight for season

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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Perhaps not wanting to add any fuel to the already raging fire that is the New York Knicks' 3-0 Eastern Conference first-round series lead over the Boston Celtics, Jason Terry did not want to discuss the elbow he absorbed from Knicks guard J.R. Smith in the fourth quarter of Friday's Game 3 loss, which put Boston's season in a stranglehold.

Terry had to be restrained by head coach Doc Rivers and teammates after the hit knocked him to the floor, and Smith was later assessed a flagrant-2 foul and ejected. "No comment," was all Terry had to say on the matter Saturday, focusing instead on how the Celtics need to show a new resolve in Sunday's do-or-die Game 4 to get themselves back into this series.

"We've just got to fight harder than what we've been doing," Terry said. "I mean, they're outworking us. You can see it on the tape. Their energy is much better than ours. Offensively, their offense is running much more fluid and smooth, and they know what they want to do. They're very determined. The only way we can deter them is to come out and fight and be aggressive, which I have no doubt in my mind that we've got fight in us."

Terry, who started in place of Brandon Bass on Friday to give the Celtics an extra ball-handler beside Avery Bradley, finished with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting, but was as guilty as the rest of his teammates of missing open looks at the basket. While the point-blank misses have the C's a bit mystified right now, Terry vowed to shrug off the disappointment of Friday and gear up for Sunday.

"When you get your butt kicked like they've been doing to us the last week or so and you're seeing the same team every day, you're going to get tired of it, or you're going to lay down," Terry said. "I'm tired of it.

"I'm coming out with something. I'm going to come out with the heart, the passion, the energy that's needed to get a win. We have to do that collectively. One man's not going to be able to provide that. It has to be a collective unit and we've got to get it done together."

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Flight delay: More turbulence for JET

April, 20, 2013
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NEW YORK -- At the tail end of a frustratingly inconsistent regular season, Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry stood confidently before reporters and said that he would be better in the postseason, that his expected performances in the playoffs were why Boston signed him to the full mid-level exception last summer.

AP Photo/Kathy WillensJason Terry couldn't get anything to fall in New York during Saturday's Game 1.
Terry, despite a rocky 79 regular-season games, could still be confident, with career playoff averages of 16.9 points on 39.4 percent shooting from 3-point nation and 3.5 assists to fall back on.

But over the course of the Celtics' 85-78 loss in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup with the New York Knicks on Saturday, it became clear Terry hasn't yet shed his regular-season form.

Terry suffered through an 0-for-5 shooting performance (four misses beyond the arc) while going scoreless over 20 minutes of playing time in a game in which Boston desperately needed offense, particularly in the second half.

"I didn't feel like I was in a good rhythm, and it's on me to get into a good rhythm," Terry said. "I'll take a look at the film and figure out the best way to do that."

Terry has appeared in 88 playoff games during his 15-year career and this is the first time he's ever gone scoreless. In fact, it's only the eighth time he's been held below double figures in scoring output.

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C's hoping JET soars in playoffs

April, 13, 2013
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Jason Terry and the Celtics couldn't keep up with LeBron James and the Heat in Miami. Is there any postseason hope for JET to soar?

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Terry diary: Playoffs, LeBron, C's goals

April, 6, 2013
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TerryCeltics guard Jason Terry has been keeping a diary for ESPNBoston.com this season. In his final regular-season entry, he looks at potential playoff opponents, talks about the LeBron dunk and facing the Heat, and explains what Celtics basketball is all about. (as told to Louise K. Cornetta)

Unfortunately we lost to Cleveland on Friday night. I didn't even see the play where Avery Bradley] bruised his collarbone. But he said he is all right, which is good because we can't afford for anyone else to go out at this point of the season. We haven't had a full lineup out on the court in a while now. We've been fortunate enough to have several games at home with a lot of practice time. We are using shootarounds as great practice. Right now it's all about being healthy.

Jeff Green has been someone who has really stepped up with all these injuries happening. He's been very aggressive and assertive. He is playing with a lot more confidence than earlier in the season, which was to be expected. We are going to need him. I'd say he is the X factor. How he goes is probably how we're going to end up going in these playoffs.

Most likely KG [Kevin Garnett] and Paul [Pierce] return on Sunday. We'd been without KG for the previous eight games. With him returning, we would get our leader back. We get a presence in the paint, which we've been lacking. We're just small out there otherwise. Getting him back means we will be able to man and patrol the paint a lot better.

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Mark L. Baer/USA TODAY Sports"I like this time of year in Boston," Jason Terry says. "We have Red Sox starting and the Bruins and we are about to start the playoffs."
We did clinch a playoff spot on Wednesday and if you are wondering if that is something we celebrated, no, not at all. Everyone in this locker room and our fans expected us to be there. There was no doubt in my mind that we would make the playoffs. Now, it's about where we're seeded. We want to finish strong and hopefully we will end up with a good seed.

But I'd say it's looking pretty likely our playoff opponent in Round 1 will be Indiana or New York. With the Pacers, I think we match up well. I think we pose a lot of problems for teams with our versatility and our multiple lineups that we can play. At the end of the day, regardless of who we play, we must play Celtics basketball. What I mean by that is defend like crazy for 48 minutes and then offensively move the ball, spread it around and be unpredictable.

New York is a similar approach but what they have is a different beast. They have a guy in Carmelo Anthony who can go for 40 or 50 points and win a series by himself. I've enjoyed the rivalry with the Knicks this season. It's special for me just because Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler are over there. They are two guys I won a championship with.

Before we get to the playoffs, we have one more trip to Miami to play the Heat again. Anytime we face them, it's always special. For me, it's personal. Regardless of what the situation is, we could be playing a pickup game and if any of their players are over there then it's going to be intense. I look forward to it.

As for LeBron [James], I wouldn't say there has been a lot of back and forth between us. It's really, I said what I believe, which is that he can't guard me. I'm not quite sure what he said but I heard it's that I like to talk. I would say no question I do and I'm going to continue to talk, but I also back it up with my play. I got the ring and went through his team to get it in the 2011 playoffs. Winning that ring is very special and something I'll never forget. Hopefully I will have another opportunity this year.

The dunk he had on me in March, well, it' s a dunk and he's had plenty of those highlight-type dunks. To explain things, it's not like I stood there, it was unexpected. I mean, I was in a hustle type mode and chasing down the ball. Sometimes bad things happen when you chase down the ball.

Social media is amazing. I wish they would have had that when I first started playing. I guess I'm getting old because if Twitter had been big back when I dunked on Shaq in the Finals then it probably would have been a similar thing. So I'll take that one on the chin. Great play by LeBron, but I definitely look forward to seeing him again.

I want us to end the last week and a-half of the season on a confident note and healthy. We want to end it winning because winning is contagious. One game at a time once the playoffs starts. The key ingredient to us doing well in the playoffs is, I'll say it again, play great Celtics defense for 48 minutes and then offensively execute. We need to put a premium on executing from the first quarter to the fourth quarter. If we can do that and take care of the ball, then we are going to be in a position to win every single game we play.

I don't know about your bracket, but mine is doing great. I'm in the championship. I may be new here but winning brackets is old hat for me. I'm up against Jordan Crawford. He has Michigan.

I like this time of year in Boston. We have Red Sox starting and the Bruins and we are about to start the playoffs. I watched the Red Sox opening series against the Yanks. They are playing well right now. Surprisingly everyone has them picked to be in the bottom of the East but they're coming out shocking people. The Bruins just acquired a great player in Jaromir Jagr coming from Dallas. I like what they're doing.

Jagr came in a deal with Dallas and I want to mention that going back to Dallas last month was really special for me. Seeing all my friends and family that still reside in Dallas and then seeing all the people I became accustomed to seeing throughout my years there, like season-ticket holders and security guards, I loved seeing everyone. I really appreciated the standing ovation I got when I checked into the game. That meant something to me and was really great, definitely a moment I will remember.

JET taxiing to playoff runway?

March, 30, 2013
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Jason Terry has admitted that his first season with the Celtics hasn't been as smooth of a ride as he was anticipating when he signed with Boston last summer.

AP Photo/Elise AmendolaIs Jason Terry starting to take flight for Boston?
Through 72 games, Terry has averaged somewhat underwhelming numbers of 10.3 points and 2.5 assists on 43.8 percent shooting. But the ever-confident guard isn't letting a lukewarm regular season dampen his spirits as the postseason approaches.

Terry's new focus, much like the team's as a whole, is gearing up for another playoff run, and with only 10 games left on the schedule, he got himself off to a strong start in Friday's 118-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Terry posted 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including a 5-for-7 mark from 3-point nation, spearheading a bench effort that contributed to one of Boston's highest scoring outputs of the season.

It was a welcome show of offensive force from Terry, who's shot just over 43 percent for the month of March. It was only the fourth time this season he's eclipsed the 20-point mark in a game, and just the second time he's made at least five 3-pointers. The Celtics certainly wouldn't mind seeing more of those numbers in the near future with the postseason right around the corner.

"Well, this is the time of the year that you want to get ready for the playoffs," Terry said. "So I just told myself, be aggressive ... as long as we execute, somebody is going to get a good shot. That’s where our emphasis is at, we’re solely, we're not looking to just get one guy going. If we move the ball the way we’re capable of, somebody is going to reap the benefit, tonight it just happened to be me."

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Randolph on the rebound with C's

March, 30, 2013
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BOSTON -- Few would have blamed Shavlik Randolph if he was the last one out of the Celtics' locker room on Friday night. After flirting with his first career double-double -- posting nine points and a career-high 13 rebounds over 22 minutes during a 118-107 triumph over the Atlanta Hawks -- Randolph could have basked in the glow of maybe his finest NBA performance with breathless reporters ready to document his high-energy outing.

Instead he was the first one gone.

Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesShavlik Randolph goes up for a dunk Friday night against the Hawks.
You see, the Duke game was on. And Celtics coach Doc Rivers and captain Paul Pierce had the media's attention, so the 29-year-old Randolph slipped out of the locker room practically unfettered, even if he didn't quite make it out of the arena without a couple questions from reporters left a slightly different sort of breathless after chasing him to the elevators.

So what did Friday's performance mean to a player who had been out of NBA employment for three seasons before the Celtics swooped him up from the Chinese Basketball Association?

"It meant one more win for us," said a selfless Randolph. "It wouldn't have meant anything if we had lost. The most important stat for me is not rebounding -- it is, what is my plus-minus? When I go in the game, is our team plus or minus, as far as overall points, and I can care less if I have a rebound, a point. Obviously, those are things I'm going to need to do to add value to the team and help the team do that, but the Celtics brought me here to come in and give their rotation guys some rest and be able to come in and buy minutes. When I'm out there, hopefully the team can still play well and have a big man out there."

For the record, Randolph was plus-12 for the night, second only to Pierce's plus-28. Over the last four games that Kevin Garnett has been sidelined with ankle inflammation, Randolph is plus-19 when he's on the floor (and Boston is minus-26 when he's not). It's safe to say he's accomplishing his primary goal.

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Terry picks his spot

March, 27, 2013
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A casual glance at his stat line will suggest another off night for Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry, who was 2-of-7 shooting with only five points over 21 minutes on Wednesday night in Cleveland.

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):

Jason Terry late screen vs. Cavs

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."

Terry: 'I'm going to be fired up'

March, 22, 2013
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Jason Terry admits he'll have a little extra adrenaline pumping on Friday night in Dallas as he returns to the American Airlines Center for the first time as a member of the Boston Celtics.

Speaking during an interview on Boston sports radio WEEI (93.7 FM), Terry talked about his homecoming, the Celtics getting ripped by coach Doc Rivers at shootaround on Friday, and his growing disdain for the Miami Heat.

As for being back in Dallas, Terry offered: "I’m going to be fired up, man. This is a big game for us, not only for me, but for our team. We dropped one in New Orleans; definitely shouldn’t have lost to them. We’ve got to get back and get things rolling.”

Asked if it will be emotional, Terry said not to expect tears, just smiles and hugs for the former teammates he won a title with. But his main priority is getting Boston back on track.

"My focus is on winning this game," said Terry. "I’m not going to get caught up in the emotional things tonight, just because I know how important it is for us to get the win tonight."

Expounding on fumbling away a double-digit lead while losing to West cellar-dweller New Orleans on Wednesday, Terry noted, "We watched a lot of film, and Doc ripped us a new one today in shootaround. So just expect us to bounce back tonight and be more efficient when we do get the lead."

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'Mavericks royalty' returns

March, 22, 2013
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DALLAS – One day, Jason Terry’s No. 31 should hang from the American Airlines Center rafters, somewhere in the vicinity of the championship banner with his name on it.

On Friday night, a sellout crowd is expected to give the Boston Celtics’ No. 4 a standing ovation, as a man coach Rick Carlisle refers to as “Mavericks royalty” returns to the AAC for the first time since essentially being forced to leave in free agency this summer.

“I hope they give him a standing ovation,” said owner Mark Cuban, who made a difficult business decision not to match the three-year, $15.7 million deal the Celtics gave Terry, a longtime Dallas fan favorite and friend of Cuban’s. “He deserves it. He’ll be a Maverick for life. He’s part of the family.”

Life will be interrupted for the next three years. Maybe longer, if the 35-year-old Terry accomplishes his goal of playing until he’s 40.

But Cuban has made it clear that the man known as “Jet” will be welcomed back into the Mavs organization on a full-time basis once he’s done playing ball. Cuban has offered Terry a job in the Mavs’ front office, with the responsibilities to be figured out once the time’s right.

“Basketball is a short part of your life, and then there’s the rest of your life,’’ Cuban said. "Hopefully, we’ll be part of Jet’s after he retires.’’

It wasn’t a popular decision to let Steve Nash leave and trade for Terry to replace him, but Terry established himself as a local legend due to his personality and performance during his eight-year tenure with the Mavs.

Terry joined Dirk Nowitzki as the only players on the rosters of both Mavs teams that made Finals trips and played a huge role in knocking out the Miami Heat in 2011. Terry came up huge in the clutch in Games 4 and 5 after publicly doubting whether LeBron James could shut him down the whole series and then scoring 27 points in the Game 6 clincher. Nowitzki has called his former scoring sidekick, who might as well have been the championship parade marshal with the victory cigar dangling from his mouth, “one of the best clutch shooters in the game” on countless occasions.

“Jet” was also an unofficial mascot/cheerleader. A generation of Mavs fans grew up imitating the wings he made with his arms after hitting big shots, or really whenever the feeling hit him. Terry cared deeply about connecting with the fans, from waving his arms to hype up the crowd to making hundreds of appearances in the community.

“He’s one of the most beloved players I think in the history of this franchise because of his personality, his relationship with the fans and the community and he was a great player,” Carlisle said. “He was a prime-time great player in the clutch. Guys like that always distinguish themselves. It’ll be emotional, I’m sure, for him and the fans and some of us that got to know him well. But we know how good he is and we’re game planning for him, too.”

Added Nowitzki: “He meant so much to our franchise. Not only on the court, where, to me, he’s one of the best clutch shooters I ever played with, but also off the court. He was a great community man. Every other day, he was doing something, appearances left and right. He’s just a guy with a huge heart. I wish him all the best this season and hopefully he gets the ovation that he deserves.”

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