Expectations high for Terry in postseason

Expectations high for Terry in postseason
April 18, 2013, 12:00 pm
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There are players who elevate their game to another level in the postseason. Those who have suited up with Jason Terry in title quests say he is one of them.

The 35-year-old guard has struggled this season, his first with the Boston Celtics, yet has remained confident in his abilities to be a sharpshooter off the bench. While he averaged 10.1 points (43.4% FT, 37.2% 3PG), his results have fluctuated from month to month, making Terry one of the Celtics biggest X factors heading into the first round against the New York Knicks.

Wait for the playoffs, urge his former teammates. Terry has a career average 16.9 points (44.8% FG, 39.4% 3PG) over 87 postseason games. He won it all with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and tattooed the Celtics logo on his arm last summer to symbolize his championship intentions.

Those who have fought for a title with Terry told CSNNE.com why they believe the best is yet to come from the sixth man:

Jerry Stackhouse (Brooklyn Nets)

Teammates: Dallas Mavericks, 2004-09

Farthest playoff run: 2006 NBA Finals (lost in Game 6 to Miami Heat)

“He’s a stone-cold killer. He’s a killer when the games are the biggest and the moments are the busiest. That’s when he wants the ball, that’s when he’s at his best. He could be 0-for-10, 0-for-12, 0-for-15, but he’s still looking to take that big shot and make it.

“(I remember) us being down in Houston (in 2005), going down 0-2 at home and having to go out to their place and come back and win that series. The way he competed and the way he played, like I said, he’s a killer. And then the (2011) Finals when they won the championship against Miami, Dirk (Nowitzki) was nowhere to be found in the first half. Without Jason Terry, they don’t win the championship in my mind.”

“He’s been there, done that. He’s a champion. He’s played for two championships, he’s won a championship, he knows what it takes. I think when the lights come on, he’ll be ready.”

DeShawn Stevenson, Atlanta Hawks

Teammates: Dallas Mavericks, 2010-11

Farthest playoff run: Won 2011 NBA Finals (defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6)

“He tells everybody what he’s been through on the court, off the court. He knows spots, he watches a ton of film so he knows what everybody does. He’s really smart when it comes to that, and I just think he’s a really, really good leader. He was big for us in that championship run.

“He’s a guy who I feel like he’s been through so much. He’s been to the Finals twice, he’s been in the playoffs a lot of years, and he’s been through it all. I think the way he carries himself, the way he acts, he’s just always positive. When you’re like that, it always brings some positivity on the court.”

Devin Harris (Atlanta Hawks)

Teammates: Dallas Mavericks, 2004-08

Farthest playoff run: 2006 NBA Finals (lost in Game 6 to Miami Heat)

“He’s dangerous. Jason is the type of player that plays better in the bigger games. He’s willing to take the big shot. I went to the Finals with him the first time Dallas went (in 2006) and he’s the guy you want taking that big shot at the end of the game.

“He can be (ride or die for his teammates). Anybody who gets a tattoo before the season starts is pretty serious.”