Terry: 'No extra emotions' facing Mavericks

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Terry: 'No extra emotions' facing Mavericks

BOSTON -- Jason Terry found himself in unfamiliar territory after playing the past eight seasons for the Dallas Mavericks.
On Wednesday he faced his former team, this time defending the TD Garden parquet as a member of the Boston Celtics. 
"There were no extra emotions," he said following the Celtics 117-115 double overtime win. "It will be different when I go back to Dallas because that was home and that crowd used to be my crowd. That's when it's going to be different. But tonight it just good to see everybody. It was more that type of deal tonight."
Terry scored 10 points, shooting 3-for-9 from the field, 3-for-3 from the line, and 1-for-6 from long range. More significantly, head coach Doc Rivers turned to Terry at the end of regulation and in the entirety of both overtimes.
He didn't have the same look-at-me-now performances like Jeff Green had against the Oklahoma City Thunder (19 points) or Kevin Garnett posted against the Minnesota Timberwolves (18 points, 10 rebounds), but he did not lack effort.
Green (15 points) was glad to help his teammate get a win. Following the game, he noted the Celtics record in their first game against former teams.
"We're 2-0 now and we've got Courtney (Lee) coming up in Houston," said Green. "He (Terry) missed a lot of shots but he made them when they counted. He hit a three and a jumpshot with the foul. You have those days, but before the game I told him, 'You helped me get mine, I'm going to help you get yours.' We got the victory and that's what matters." 
In spite of being on opposing teams now, Terry has kept in touch with those he spent years with in Texas. He talked to former teammate Dirk Nowitzki (inactive, right knee surgery) during the game on Wednesday and caught up with team owner Mark Cuban beforehand. Cuban has spoken highly of Terry since he opted to sign with the Celtics in July. 
"It was more about how the kids are doing," Terry said. "We have a great relationship." 
Terry will make his return to Dallas on March 22. 

Celtics aren't asking Al Horford to be 'anything more' than what he is

Celtics aren't asking Al Horford to be 'anything more' than what he is

WALTHAM -- From one media station to the next, Al Horford effortlessly moved about during Boston Celtics Media Day.
 
In between stations, I jokingly asked the nine-year veteran, "Been through a few of these before?"
 
"A couple," he quipped.
 
But Monday was different. And every other Monday going forward this season will be different, too, for the longtime Atlanta Hawks forward, who is now a member of the Boston Celtics after they signed him to a four-year, $113 million contract this summer.
 
With that significant increase in salary comes -- from those outside the Celtics program at least -- a higher level of expectations.
 
"We’re not asking Al to be anything more than him," said coach Brad Stevens.  "He’s a good fit for how we play on offense. He’s a good fit for how we play on defense. He’s a professional. He has a routine. He works hard at his craft. He’s a guy that guys can follow by example."
 
However, Horford joins a Celtics team that -- since the rebuild began in 2013 -- has yet to win 50 games in a single season or get past the first round of the playoffs.
 
And while it will certainly be a collective team effort for Boston to achieve those goals, make no mistake about it: Horford is expected to be the man leading the way.
 
"We need to start building good habits from Day One," Horford said.

Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, is a big fan of Horford’s character and versatility, which has been on display throughout his career.
 
"As much as anything he’s been very consistent over his career," Ainge said. "Shooting the ball, playing multiple positions. He’s a guy that fits in with our system with big guys handling the ball a lot."
 
Horford’s new teammate echoed similar sentiments about the four-time All-Star.
 
And when you listen to his new Celtics teammates talk about him and what he’ll bring to a roster that’s loaded with returnees, there are a couple of common themes that seem to develop.
 
"He brings leadership; hard work," said Avery Bradley.
 
Bradley had a chance to spend some time around Jeff Teague, one of Horford’s former teammates in Atlanta.
 
"He just told me I’m really going to enjoy having him on this team," Bradley said. "He’s going to open the floor for everybody. He’s a great player on the offensive end, defensive end. He knows how to play the game of basketball. To have him be a part of this team, I’m just happy about it."
 
So is Amir Johnson, who will likely start with Horford in the frontcourt for Boston.
 
Last season, Johnson was Boston’s primary rim-protecting big man. With the addition of Horford, Johnson won’t be relied on as heavily to be Boston’s last line of defense, which makes his life easier and, more importantly, makes the Celtics a better team defensively.
 
"[Horford] has so many skills he can contribute to the game," Johnson said. "He can run the floor, block shots, shoot the 3-ball, which is big now. He can do it all. It’ll be a big piece to carry us over the top. We just have to put it all together."