Mavs need Terry to start and finish strong

January, 29, 2010
1/29/10
2:39
PM CT
There is no doubt that inserting Jason Terry into the starting lineup played a major role in the Mavericks solving their first-quarter woes.

The Mavs had led after the first quarter in only one of the previous 10 games before Terry became a starter. They've entered the second quarter with a lead in each of the five games since then, with Terry averaging 8.2 points on 64 percent shooting in the opening frame.

The question: Does Terry starting affect the Mavs' ability to finish games? The statistical evidence on that issue is inconclusive.

Terry, who typically is at his best late in games, has had a pair of high-scoring fourth quarters since becoming a starter. He had nine points in each of the fourth quarters of wins over the Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks.

But Terry has failed to get a field goal in the other three fourth quarters during his stretch as a starter. His scoreless fourth quarter in the 50-point rout of the Knicks obviously isn't a concern, but he went a combined 0-of-7 from the floor in the final frames of losses to the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns.

That certainly doesn't prove that Terry can't be a prolific crunch-time scorer when he starts. It does indicate, however, how much the Mavs rely on him to fill that role.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Nowitzki 6.2
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9