|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 9, 2012 at 1:00 AM|
Jason Terry was able to be himself for the first time inside the Garden Wednesday night. Terry scored a season-high 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting Wednesday night. Hitting a pair of clutch three's in the 4th quarter. Terry has said a lot of things, and he's been very forward and true. He's also held himself accountable. You can't hate on that. Terry's intentions are genuine, and he comes from the school of KG where you hate the other team.
"Yeah, they've been begging for it, man, and I was finally able to give it to them tonight," Terry just doesn't do the take off without meaning. You won't see him doing it when the Celtics are getting their asses kicked, and he hits a three. No, it means much more when the game is close, and the Celtics take the lead, or when he hits a dagger hoop that sets the C's apart.
"I thought for the most part, I was looking to be on the offensive," Terry said. "If I didn't have a shot, I was making the pass, so that's my role. My role is clear here. It's to be aggressive and look for shot first. Guys are on me, they're going to continue to stay on me. But it's something that I'll be more and more comfortable as we play more games."
Their was a time in the first half when I thought Terry was trying to do more than he should. He missed a string of jumpers in a row, and he missed a very erratic layup attempt. Terry settled down because he's been around the game long enough. He knows when to settle down. Who knows, without Terry the Celtics may have lost the game, and frankly you could say that about a few Celtics Wednesday. But Terry became the Terry we want to see most nights, and the Terry we need.