As usual, Doc Rivers took the blame:
Even after 35-year-old Terry went scoreless on Saturday — the first time he’s been held without points in a playoff appearance — Rivers offered a vote of confidence for the veteran guard. “We didn’t do a good job with [getting Terry going] last night,” Rivers said. “Especially in the second half, there were so many [isolations] that Jason has nothing to do with. In the first half, Jason didn’t score, but we ran that play with the pick-and-roll with him and Paul. We scored five times in a row because of Jason Terry’s involvement, so I don’t actually look at if he scored. I look at the points he created, and in the first half he created 12 points. In the second half, it was all isos. I mean, it’s not us. We’re not built that way.”
Points created is a great stat, Doc. But in addition to that, this team needs Jason Terry to make jumpers. The reason Terry was brought here is because of his ability to create shots for himself off the dribble, especially when plays breakdown.
I can’t dumb it down any more than this – if Jason Terry doesn’t score 10-15 points per game in the playoffs, the Celtics won’t win.