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“We thought it would be a lot smoother, but it’s not always as easy as you think it will be. It’s good that we’re going through it. We’ll look back on this journey and say it’s something we had to go through. I’ve got higher expectations for my performance, too.”
Terry is averaging 8.7 points on 38 percent shooting through his first three games as a Celtic. The system is admittedly different from his time in Dallas, where Dirk Nowitzki was the focus of the Mavericks offense.
“It’s a lot different here,” Terry said. “Screens are set. I come from a situation where the majority of the time the ballhandler had to get the guy setting the pick the ball. Here we’re trying to get the ballhandler open and get him opportunities. Then he frees up the other guys. It takes a bit of an adjustment, but hopefully by the end of the week we’ll make progress in it.
“It’s a work in progress. I’m a scorer and I’m going to figure it out. Believe me when I tell you, I’ll continue to shoot the ball and take advantage of every opportunity.”
I’m confident Jason Terry will get comfortable in the Celtics offense. He’s not going to morph in the Celtics version of Chad Ochocinco.
But I am concerned that there may be a correlation between Terry’s struggles and Rajon Rondo’s heavy minutes. When JET arrived in Boston, the Celtics touted his ability to run an offense. He could handle the ball with Rondo on the bench and with Avery Bradley or
Ray Allen Courtney Lee in the back court.
It didn’t take long for that idea to fade. In early October, Doc Rivers said he was uncomfortable with Terry consistently handling the ball. So what did the Celtics do? They signed Leandro Barbosa, another guard known for his scoring more than his passing.
If Jason Terry isn’t the answer at back-up point, even for 10 minutes a game, the Celtics have a problem. They’ll have a logjam at shooting guard when Avery Bradley returns and Rondo will be worn out by February.
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