Historically-poor performance for Jet

Historically-poor performance for Jet
April 20, 2013, 8:30 pm
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NEW YORK — Celtics Nation is still waiting for the Jet to take off.

The playoffs are here, and Jason Terry's long-awaited Impact Tour for the Celtics is supposed to take off oh ... about now.

Not so; not after an 0-for-game to start the playoffs that was among the many things that didn't go right for the Boston Celtics in their 85-78 Game 1 loss to New York.

Terry didn't just have a bad night; it was historically bad for the 14-year NBA veteran.

It was the worst shooting playoff game of his career, going without a made field goal for the first time after appearing in 87 playoff games - all with Dallas - leading up to Saturday's Game 1 loss.

Prior to Saturday, Terry's worst shooting game in the postseason came in a 2010 first-round playoff series against San Antonio when he missed six of seven shots in a Game 6 loss that ended the series.

Fortunately for Terry, he will get at least three chances to bounce back with the first coming in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Throughout the season, Terry shrugged off bad shooting nights as being just one of those things that happens throughout the course of a full slate of NBA games.

But this is the playoffs, when every possession - every game - matters so much more.

This is when Terry is supposed to shine, to justify why the Celtics made acquiring him a priority this summer.

But his struggles continue.

Disappointment was certainly among the feelings flowing through Terry after he missed all five of his shot attempts Saturday.

But discouraged?

Far from it.

Few players inside the Celtics locker room have such a teflon-like mentality to brush aside bad games and not build up great ones, the way Terry has done all season.

"You don't get too high, too low," he said. "It's a long series. If I bet on myself, I know how this will end up so we are just going to keep grinding, keep doing the things necessary to win."

Part of that involves Terry's teammates doing a better job of getting him in position to be more of a scorer, something they readily admit did not happen enough on Saturday.

"When certain guys are on the court, we have to do a better job of getting them open through screens," said Paul Pierce. "Especially when we have guys like Jason Terry ... we have to do a better job with our picks and throughout our offense and allow them to be aggressive and I don't think we did that for the most part."

That's a fine explanation and all, but that doesn't change the fact that Terry, one of the most boisterous players on the Celtics roster, opened the postseason on Saturday struggling to make shots and looking and playing a lot like he did for too many stretches during the regular season.

But he continues to do what Terry does best - remain confident that sooner or later, things will turn around for him and for the Celtics.

"We won't predict anything right now," Terry said, "but I can tell you (Game 2), it's going to be a good game, hard fought like it was (in Game 1)."