|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 9, 2013 at 1:15 PM|
"Jason had 19 points, but I thought the thing he did better than anything was he guarded Korver," Rivers said. "And he was like glue, he just stayed on him, took away his shots. I think Korver ended up getting the one 3 -- he had that streak going, so we were trying to end that dang streak and he got it late in the game. But I just thought, overall, [Terry's] defense was huge for us tonight."
Jason has been good in stretches for the Celtics. He worked threw his rough January when he only averaged 6.9 points a game in that month. In the month of February, and into March he's scoring around 12 points a game. He's found his touch, and he finally gets the Celtics system after playing in Dallas for the past 6 years.
Terry's assignment on this night was to guard one of the deadliest three-point bombers in the game.Korver tops the NBA in 3-point percentage and is fourth in total 3-point makes. We know what happened the last time these two teams squared off. It was the game where Rondo tore his ACL, and it was the game that the Celtics gave up a 27 point lead. The Celtics lost in a double-overtime game behind Korver's three-point tirade. Friday night Terry accepted the challenge as both players would come of the bench,and see most of their time on the floor against each other. Jason limited Korver to 1-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. But as Korver made the game knotting basket at the end of the 4th, Terry made sure to give payback to Korver when "The Jet" hit the go ahead three in overtime to give the Celtics a 150-102 lead. Terry then iced the game with two free throws.
"I took the challenge very personally," Terry said. "Last time, [Korver] was the difference in that game -- guy scored 20-something points in a half -- and we take that very personally. Again, our identity is defense first. They put the onus on me tonight to stay with him and try to make it tough on him. I was able to do so."
"Shoot it. Shoot it and make it," Terry said of what he was thinking when Pierce kicked the ball out to him in overtime. "For some reason I just knew Paul, when he went baseline, he was going to draw a lot of attention, and he made a great pass to me and I was open. "
"[Terry is] so clever," Rivers said. "That last play, where Paul was laughing at where Jet got the foul, we've been trying to get Jet to slip that [screen for] literally a quarter. He kept setting a pick and they were showing, so if he slips, he'll be open. And he finally did it and got the shot. So that was great."
This team is smart, and it seems to get them out of jams, and it seems to be the reason they win a lot of these games, with KG, Paul, and Terry past their primes in terms of athletic ability. Like most great players who are long in the teeth, they seem to use brains over their bodies.