Posted December 11, 2012 on
AP on Fox
Maybe Jason Terry's play last season for the Dallas Mavericks against the Boston Celtics is a big reason why he's wearing green and white now.
Terry will face the Mavericks for the first time since joining the Celtics in Wednesday night's matchup in Boston.
Dallas (11-10) has won four straight over Boston (11-9), with Dirk Nowitzki leading the way with 24.0 points per game. Nowitzki is nearing a return, but remains out after right knee surgery.
Terry averaged 17.0 points in last season's two wins over Boston, and the free agent joined the Celtics on a three-year deal after eight seasons with Dallas - his second team after beginning his career with Atlanta. He is sixth on the Mavericks' all-time list with 9,953 points, seventh with 2,524 assists and second behind Nowitzki with 1,140 3-pointers.
It hasn't been a smooth transition with his new club - the sharpshooter is averaging 11.5 points for his lowest mark since his rookie season.
Dallas is seeking a season-high fourth straight win in the opener of a three-game trip. O.J. Mayo led six Mavericks in double figures with 19 points in Monday's 119-96 rout of Sacramento.
"We're playing good basketball right now,'' said Mayo, averaging 27.3 points and shooting 57.7 percent during this win streak. "But now we've got to take it on the road with us and continue playing hard. We need to continue playing with effort and energy."
Although the Mavericks posted their second-highest point total of the season, coach Rick Carlisle credited a defensive effort that limited the Kings to 44.0 percent shooting.
"We were in position and we were scrambling," Carlisle said. "So that made a lot of good things happen for us offensively."
Defense was a major reason why Boston posted its third straight home win, 92-79 over Philadelphia on Saturday. The Celtics limited the 76ers to 39.2 percent from the field.
"Our defense is why we won," coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought the first half, going zone, man and back and forth is good for us. And again when you play defense like that, you usually win games."
Boston bounced back from a 95-94 loss at Philadelphia the night before. Kevin Garnett scored 19 points and Rajon Rondo had 11 assists.
"After last night's performance, everybody came here with a chip on their shoulders," Garnett said. "So we need to play with a little edge more."
The Celtics have split their last six games, but have limited foes to 40.2 percent shooting in that span after allowing them to shoot 46.3 percent in their first 14 games.
"We're being more aggressive on the ball," forward Jeff Green said. "We're not allowing guys to turn the corner. I think we allowed guys to do that a lot the first part of the season. We just need to continue what we're doing."
Rondo continues to lead the NBA with 12.8 assists per game.
While Boston has struggled to shoot 26.4 percent on 3-pointers in its last three games, Dallas is shooting 37.5 percent from long range during its run, with Mayo making 12 of 18.
Mavs forward Shawn Marion has missed the last two games with a strained groin. He is day to day.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Another look behind the scenes of the NOC's Jason Terry videos. Here we see what went into the making of The Shootout, the Jason Terry is a Shooter, and the Pranked videos. These are such fun videos. Jason Terry will be front and center on Wednesday as his current team takes on his former team at the Garden.
[Discuss on CG Forums!]
Might be an emotional night tomorrow as Jason Terry faces his former long time teammates for the first time. For his part he's downplaying the game based on the fact that a lot of the guys he went to war with over there will not be playing tomorrow. Most likely the Celtics lone visit to Dallas will be the tougher night.
Below is the video to compliment Mike Dyer's recent...
Jason Terry Struggles In Crunch Time Well that was pretty ugly. There’s no exaggeration here, it really wasn’t pretty. If you’ve got it on TEVO erase it. If you’ve taped it, burn the tape. Despite having the momentum towards the end of the third quarter, the Boston Celtics let a big lead slip away, [...]
Jason Terry hugs his former coach, Rick Carlisle
The storyline in this one was Jason Terry playing his first game against his former team. Terry didn't play great with just 10 points but far more importantly, the C's were able to beat his former club, although it took a long time.
The first half was the story of Paul Pierce absolutely finding his scoring touch. Over his...
BOSTON — Jason Terry was incapable of recalling even the most crucial late-game possessions. His mind was so fogged over with 58 minutes of basketball, he could only try — but fail — to recall specific plays from the Celtics’ double-overtime slog against the Mavericks.
“I don’t know,” Terry said. “I don’t even remember. It all happened so fast.”
Actually, it happened...
My eyes are bleeding. In a primetime matchup with Jason Terry’s old team the Celtics treated us to a delightful double-overtime period where both teams forgot how to play basketball, but the Celtics eventually remembered enough to get by. The Celtics had a five point lead at the half after giving up an 11-6 Mavericks run to end the second quarter. Then the Celtics did exactly what...
Jason Terry had a rough first year in Dallas. The then-27-year-old point guard, who was still being midlabeled as a “point guard,” was destined to average a career-low 12.4 points per game while starting just 57 games. At the time, that was also a career-low for the future NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
Mavericks coach Don Nelson was unwilling to wait for his new guard to blossom...
On Wednesday night the Celtics hosted the Dallas Mavericks. Coming into the game the big storyline featured Jason Terry as he matched up against his former team for the first time since joining the Celtics this off season. Although Terry said it was just another game it's been well documented he wasn't pleased when the call never came for him to resign with the Mavs. In...
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
“I don’t have a timetable on (when it’s all going to come together) because I don’t know what the time is going to be,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “Some teams I’ve had get it like that, some take...
Last season a trade that would have brought O.J. Mayo to Boston for Judas Shuttlesworth was basically squashed because Mayo claimed that he “doesn’t care about Boston’s banners.” After last night’s double overtime loss Mayo backpedaled faster than Rondo getting back on D, claiming that the accusation wasn’t true and he had no say in the matter due to lack of veto power...
Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
By “Jet” there are two meanings which consist of Jason Terry but also the Boston Celtics can start to gain momentum into takeoff before a huge three-game road trip against the Houston Rockets (9-11), San Antonio Spurs (18-4), and Chicago Bulls (11-9).
First, it’s the Dallas Mavericks. Subsequently, this Wednesday ESPN clash will feature...
The Celtics captain sent out this tweet yesterday evening:
Any good Tatoo artist n Boston I wanna geta Luckythe leprachan tat if so send me sum of ur work
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) December 10, 2012
Clearly Jason Terry's presence is having an effect on Pierce. Terry had this done shortly after signing with Boston:
Follow Mark on twitter @LucidSportsFan
Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry give their thoughts after the Celtics' double overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Videos courtesy of ESPN and Chris Forsberg.
The Boston Celtics are 12-9. They have been unable to reel off a long winning streak despite their improved play over the past couple of weeks. The team has won two straight games at home over the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks in double overtime.
During the team’s off day on Monday, head coach Doc Rivers was able to sit in on the New England Patriots offensive meeting...
Dallas Mavericks (11-10) at Boston Celtics (11-9) Wednesday, December 12, 20128:00 PM ET Regular Season Game #21 – Home Game #12TV: ESPN, CSN-NE, FSSW-DARadio: WEEI, KESN TD Garden Referees: Joey Crawford, Derrick Collins, Mark Lindsay
The Mavericks make their only visit to the Garden in the Celtics last
home game before taking a 3 game road trip through...