Jason Terry sits, perhaps until playoffs

Jason Terry sits, perhaps until playoffs
April 13, 2013, 6:45 pm
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ORLANDO, Fla. –  The Jet will be grounded for tonight's game - and possibly more - prior to the playoffs.

Doc Rivers has decided to sit Jason Terry for tonight's game against the Orlando Magic, and will likely sit him for the C's home finale against Indiana or possibly the regular season-ending matchup at Toronto on Wednesday.

Prior to the game, Rivers quipped about suspending Terry for the final three regular season games.

"He ran his mouth too much so we decided we're going to bench him," said Rivers, referring to Terry calling the Magic a "terrible" team following Boston's loss at Miami on Friday night. "I'm suspending him for three games."

Terry, who has appeared in every game this season for the Celtics, told CSNNE.com that he has no problem with being held out for a game or two to close out this season.

"You definitely have to be smart," Terry said. "Doc has done a great job of making sure we get rest, making sure we're going to be healthy and good to go for the playoffs."

Terry, 35, is among the trio of Boston veterans (Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, 36 and 35 respectively, are the others) that Rivers has given time off with the goal to make sure they are as healthy as possible for the postseason.

For weeks, Rivers has said he would give Terry some time off before the playoffs.

Terry, chuckling when reminded of this, said he had no problem with Rivers putting it off for all this time.

"I like to play, not gonna lie," Terry said. "But obviously he (Rivers) knows at this point, he knows how to handle veterans and when guys need a break. He figures it's in the best interest of my own health and the team to get a couple games off here before the playoffs."

Although Terry has not had any injuries of note this season, he has struggled - like most of the Celtics - with his consistency.

He is averaging 10.1 points per game this season, his lowest average since he was a rookie in Atlanta in 2000 when he averaged 8.1 points per game.