Terry shoulders blame for C's loss

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Terry shoulders blame for C's loss

MILWAUKEE Jason Terry was having a solid game for the Boston Celtics.

He was scoring, dropping dimes at Rajon Rondo-like rate and his defense was solid - mostly solid.

But he made one mistake, one that proved costly in Boston's 91-88 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Clinging to a one-point lead with less than a minute to play, Terry somehow lost sight of Brandon Jennings who made the Celtics pay with a game-winning 3-pointer.

"The play wasn't for a three," Jennings said. "The play was for me to come off a pick with Larry (Sanders). If I had an open lane, of course take it to the hole. Or we had Monta (Ellis) at the other end. But we just moved the ball around and were able to get an open shot."

Things only got worst for Terry who had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, only to see his 3-pointer hit too hard off the back of the rim and roll out.

"Being a 14-year veteran, I can't make that crucial mistake (defensively) and leave Brandon Jennings (open) in the end," Terry said. "I told everybody I'll take this one on my shoulders."

As much as Terry's defensive gaffe contributed to the loss, his play prior to that was instrumental in the Celtics having the game in their control for most of the night.

With Rajon Rondo serving the second game of his two-game suspension, Terry had his first double-double of the season with 15 points and a season-high 11 assists. His facilitating was a key factor in Boston pulling ahead by as many as 17 points.

Like most of his teammates afterward, Terry pointed out how the Celtics did for the most part, what they wanted to do.

They had a horrific second quarter in which they gave up 36 points, but that came on the heels of a first quarter in which they held the Bucks to just 11 points.

"The frustrating thing about this loss ... playoff basketball," Terry said. "Basketball is a game of mistakes."

And Terry makes no secret about not forgetting the one he made in the game's closing seconds.

"I've been through so many possessions, so many games like this one," he said. "It just hurts me, for me to be in that position and not to either make a shot or not to make a defensive play. So again, I take this one on me; no problem. But I'll bet you I'll fight back and battle back next week."

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Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

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Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 win over Tampa Bay

 

QUOTES

"I can't say enough about the way our position players have continued to grind away. . . Tonight was just another example of that.'' - John Farrell.

"He's been everything that we could have hoped. You look to a starting pitcher to go out and be consistent every fifth day -- he's been a model of that for us.'' - Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"It's nice to come back with a statement game tonight. The past couple of week haven't been good for us, so it was nice to get back on the right track tonight.'' - Travis Shaw.

"Preventing them from scoring first was big and then limiting the big inning. The fourth inning was a grind. I dug myself a hole and had to find a way out of it.'' - Rick Porcello.

 

NOTES

* Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox starter to record a win since David Price beat Seattle on Jume 19.

* Porcello is unbeaten over his last eight starts, going 3-0 with five no-decisions.

* Porcello had gone 19 straight starts without allowing more than two walks, the longest such streak for a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling went 33 in a row.

* The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and are one of two teams (Cleveland is the other) to not have lost four straight this season.

* Boston has a major league-leading 22 games in which it has scored eight or more runs.

* The first six hitters in the Red Sox lineup were 11-for-24, while the bottom three were a combined 0-for-13.

* Travis Shaw's home run was measured at 449 feet, the second-longest homer by a Red Sox player this season.

* In one night, Travis Shaw had more RBI (five) than he had in his previous 27 games (four).

* David Ortiz tied Frank Thomas in career RBI (1,704); both are in 23rd place.

 

STARS

1) Travis Shaw

Shaw belted out three hits -- including his first homer in the month of June -- and knocked in five RBI, tying a career high.

2) Rick Porcello

In a perfect world, Porcello would have gone a little deeper, but kept the Rays off the scoreboard early and helped set the tone for the night.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez reached base five times with two hits -- both singles -- and three walks - one intentional - and seemed to be in the middle of every Red Sox rally.