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Dirk to Jason Terry: Time to snap road slump

2/9/2012

DENVER -- At some point, the Mavs need to figure out how to pack Jason Terry’s jumper when they board their team jet.

It’s never been a problem in the past. Terry’s road numbers aren’t far off his home production throughout the course of his career.

However, Terry has been terrible away from the American Airlines Center this season. He’s averaging 11.6 points on .336 shooting on the road, compared to 17.5 points on .520 shooting at home.

“It’ll balance out,” Terry said after scoring only five points on 1-of-9 shooting in Wednesday’s win over the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. “I’m not even worried. The only thing that matters right now is Ws anyway. It happens.”

It apparently is of some concern to Terry’s longest-tenured teammate, who has been known to offer brutally honest assessments of Jet’s performance.

“Dirk’s on me,” Terry said. “That’s the good thing. When the big boy says something, then I usually answer the call, so hopefully against Minnesota, I’ll break out.”

Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t called Terry out publicly. On the court, however, Dirk has hollered: “C’mon, Jet! Whatcha waitin’ on?”

You might recall the last time Nowitzki called for Terry to step up his game. It came after Jet was invisible down the stretch of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, something that had been a trend in the series to that point.

Terry responded by scoring eight points in the fourth quarter of a Game 4 comeback win, followed by efficient 21- and 27-point performances as the Mavs finished off the Heat to claim the franchise’s first title.