Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Jason Terry quiet in crunch time again
By Tim MacMahon
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Jason Terry got plenty of touches in this fourth quarter. He just didn’t take advantage of them.
After being shut out in the fourth quarter of Game 1, when he attempted only one shot attempt in the final frame, Terry vowed to come through in crunch time during Game 2. He didn’t back up his bold words.
Terry scored eight points in the fourth quarter of the 102-99 loss that put the Mavs in an 0-2 hole in the series, but he was 3-of-8 from the floor. Terry missed four of his final five shots, including a pair of contested, potential tying 3-point attempts in the final seconds.
“Those weren’t good looks at all, but hey, those are the ones I take,” Terry said. “I thought one of them would go in. I had two shots at it. It didn’t go in. Hopefully next game, it will.”
Terry, who committed a critical foul on Kevin Durant with the shot clock ticking down in the final minute, has always prided himself on being a crunch performer. That’s why it’s particularly painful for him to be a nonfactor down the stretch of two tight losses, although he’s holding out hope.
“It’s going to be like this the whole series,” Terry said. “We’ll go home, we’ll see what happens. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to come down to one or two possessions, a call here or there, a shot here or there. That’s what playoff basketball is about.”