Jason Terry's past collides with his present tomorrow

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Jason Terry's past collides with his present tomorrow

BOSTON Jason Terry's journey from Dallas to Boston, and to where he is today, has gone through its share of stages.

First there was surprise that the Mavericks, the team he spent the bulk of his career with (including an NBA title run in 2011), didn't look to match the three-year, 15 million deal that the Celtics offered.

Then came the disappointment of that decision.

"The Mavs wanted to go in a different direction," Terry told CSNNE.com recently. "That's part of the business. You're not always going to like it, but it is what it is."

From there, Terry embraced the acceptance of his new team in a new city, with a new fan base that has welcomed him with open arms.

But in all this, Terry is human.

And no matter what he or any NBA player says, there's always a desire -- even if it's a slight one -- to seek revenge on a team that essentially didn't want you around any more.

Look at Kevin Garnett. He tends to play some of his best basketball against his former team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have yet to beat Garnett since he left.

So it's fair to say Terry has been looking forward to Wednesday night's game against his former team for quite a while -- like since the schedules came out this summer.

"I had a great time in Dallas, and I still have a lot of friends and people I care about there, both in the city and within the organization," Terry said recently. "But that's part of my past. My present is here with the Boston Celtics. And my mindset going into that game is the same as it is every game, to win. That's what it's all about."

Winning was something that became habitual with Terry during his eight seasons with the Mavericks.

They went to the playoffs in each of his eight seasons, advanced to the NBA Finals twice, and ultimately won the franchise's first NBA title in 2011.

Terry had a slew of memorable plays and moments during his time in Dallas, but few stick out more than the 2011 NBA Finals against Miami when he called out LeBron James prior to Game 4. At the time, the Mavericks trailed the series, two games to one.

"Let's see if James can defend me like that for seven games," Terry said at the time.

Dallas won Game 4 in large part because of Terry's 17 points off the bench, while James had just eight.

From there, the Mavericks went on to win the last two games and the series.

And while Terry's scoring was what stood out to many during Dallas' title run, his head coach at the time remembers Terry's contributions coming in so many other areas of the game, as well.

"I always considered him a terrific all-around player," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told CSNNE.com. "He can play every facet of the game. Our championship year, he played an all-around game. He scored, he made plays, he took care of the ball, he defended his matchup."

Carlisle, a former Celtic, added, "He is a very, very special guy to this organization. When you consider the fact that he was one of the best players on that team all those years, most of that period of time he not only accepted but embraced the role of coming off the bench and helping the team win. That made him even more special."

Carlisle understands how challenging it can be for a player to embrace coming off the bench when they have most likely spent the bulk of their high school, college and possibly pro career as a starter.

"I would sum it up in one word: Special," said Carlisle, a reserve guard on the Celtics' 1986 championship team. "There aren't a lot of guys in this league that would readily embrace that kind of challenge, and be willing to stay with it on a year-to-year basis. He not only did it, but he did it at the highest level."

Terry points to the fact that his comfort level coming off the bench dates back to his days at Arizona, when he was a reserve guard on the Wildcats' national championship team in 1997.

"Whatever role I'm given, I learned a while ago you do it to the best of your ability and good things will happen," said Terry, who years later went on to become Pac-10 Player of the Year and an eventual top-10 draft pick.

"For me, it's all about winning championships. That's why I'm here; to win a championship."

Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final

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Friday, Sept. 30: It's all Bruins in World Cup final

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while taking a nap this afternoon so I can watch the 1:30 am replay of tonight’s Bruins/Red Wings game on the NHL Network.

*Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara scored the goals at the World Cup’s decisive game on Thursday night, and No. 63 got the clutch game-winner late in the third period for Team Canada. Then he watched as linemate Sidney Crosby won the MVP for the tournament in what could be perceived, from a Boston point of view, as a largely Canadian-based hockey media fawning over Sid the Kid once again. Look, he was the tournament’s leading scorer, but last night’s heroics probably should have tipped the scales toward the B’s agitator getting the World Cup hardware.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm seeking an eight year deal from his team. That could be another contract negotiation to watch closely if you’re a Bruins fan.

*Zach Werenski, one of the D-men the Bruins were trying to trade up to get two years ago in the first round of the draft, is looking like he might be NHL-ready for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

*Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov is holding out with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and just wants to get paid like the rest of his teammates.

*Marian Hossa says he still wants to play hockey when he’s 42 years old, or close to the age that countrymen Zdeno Chara is right now.

*Here are some preseason college hockey storylines with the world of NCAA hockey about to start up in force.

*A judge has ruled that the family of the late Derek Boogaard may pursue a lawsuit against the NHL over the death of their son.

*For something completely different: “Tex Ryan” takes his jokes to open mic night and I’m fairly this is Toucher and Rich skewering the Buffalo Bills head coach. And rightfully so.

 

 

Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.

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Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.

FOXBORO - Scratch the estimable Sammy Watkins from the Bills roster for Sunday. 

Buffalo shared via Twitter that their long, tall wideout is out for Sunday with a foot injury. Also down are wideout Greg Salas and left tackle Cyrus Kouandijo.

The Bills' starting left tackle Cordy Glenn has been dealing with an ankle injury that caused him to miss last week's game. 

Robert Woods will be the Bills best outside threat with Watkins taking Sunday off. The Bills' talented corner Ronald Darby is also trying to get back this week from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss last week's game with Arizona.