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Monday, April 25, 2011
Jason Terry doesn't make difference

By Tim MacMahon

DALLAS -- Jason Terry’s terrific Game 3 apparently wasn’t a breakout performance.

Terry followed up his 29-point, seven-assist showing with what has to be considered a pretty typical playoff performance for him at this point. He had 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting in Game 4.

"I hate to waste an effort from Jet like that," Dirk Nowitzki said on the day between games.

That, however, is a trend for the Mavericks. Terry hasn’t scored 20 often enough in the playoffs recently. When he has, it hasn’t made a difference for the Mavericks.

The Mavericks have lost the last four playoff games in which Terry has scored at least 20 points, a streak that started with Game 4 of their 2008 series against the New Orleans Hornets. He is averaging 14.4 points over the last four postseasons.

In the last four postseasons, the Mavs are 1-4 when Terry scores 20 and 9-11 when he doesn’t. You could consider that to be an odd coincidence. Or maybe it’s a sign that Jet, who is entering his contract year, is expendable.