Battles with longtime rival Miller motivation for Terry


Battles with longtime rival Miller motivation for Terry

BOSTON Motivation comes in many sizes, shapes and in the case of Jason Terry, periods of time.

Terry delivered a slew of big shots in Boston's 118-114 triple overtime win against Denver, finishing with a season-high 26 points.

But the biggest play he made was the steal on Andre Miller with 34.1 seconds to play in the third overtime.

"That was just individual defense," Terry said. "I know Andre ... many battles. He wants to get right, he got right. I cut him off, he exposed the ball, I got the strip, and I was able to knock it out."

In a later interview with, Terry elaborated on his longstanding battles with Miller that date back to when both were in college at Arizona and Utah, respectively.

"This is a guy I been going against for years," Terry told "He was the 8th pick (in the 1999 NBA draft), I was No. 10. He ended my chance at a second national championship. So this was an old rival."

Terry won a national championship at Arizona in 1997, and the Wildcats were on track at a possible repeat.

That is, until they ran up against Miller and Keith Van Horn who led Utah into the West Regional Finals in 1998 against the favored Wildcats of Arizona. Miller delivered one of the best NCAA tournament performances ever, tallying 18 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists as Utah easily defeated Arizona, 76-51.

Although it has been nearly 20 years since that loss, Terry admits he still thinks about it whenever he's facing Miller.

And yes, Terry admits that it did serve as added motivation heading into Sunday's game.

"When you've had so many battles like I've had, it's always going to be something extra that's going to motivate you," Terry said.

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 


“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”