Terry bringing 'heart, passion, and energy'

Terry bringing 'heart, passion, and energy'
April 27, 2013, 5:15 pm
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WALTHAM -- Jason Terry only had four words to address the Flagrant 2 foul called against J.R. Smith in the Boston Celtics Game 3 loss to the New York Knicks.

On Saturday he replied "No comment" when asked about the foul and "No question" as to whether it would give him more motivation in Game 4.

Terry had to be restrained during Friday's game after being elbowed and knocked to the ground by Smith in the fourth quarter. The veteran guard, who inked a Celtics championship tattoo before the season began, has never lacked passion. He has plenty of it heading into Sunday's critical matchup.

"I'm coming out with something (on Sunday)," he said. "I'm going to come out with the heart, the passion, the energy that's needed to get a win. Now we have to do that collectively. One man's not going to be able to provide that. It has to be a collective unit and we've got to get it done together."

In spite of his struggles this season, Terry has stayed consistent in his optimism and dedication to the Celtics. He, like many of his teammates, still believe they can turn this series around and overcome their 0-3 deficit. He has noticed the Knicks' celebrations -- which he doesn't enjoy but understands given their lead -- and wants to reclaim momentum in the series.

"We've just got to fight harder than what we've been doing," Terry said. "They're outworking us. You see it on the tape, their energy is much better than ours. Their offense is running much more fluid and smooth. They know what they want to do -- they're very determined. The only way we can deter them is to go out and fight and be aggressive, which I have no doubt in my mind that we have fight in us."

Although Terry has not been the sharpshooter he has been in the past, averaging 7.7 points while shooting 31.8 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from long range in this series, head coach Doc Rivers praised his character and overall impact on the Celtics.

"Jason is a very, very competitive human being and that's why I love him," said Rivers. "He's great to have on your team because of that. Even when he doesn't play well, it's still great because you know he's always in it for the right reason. There is no phony stuff with stuff. He wears it on his sleeve, he says the truth in the locker room, he owns up to any mistake he makes. So he's the perfect guy to have on your basketball team. You know why he's won a title (with the Dallas Mavericks) and you know why he's been a good player."

Terry didn't tattoo a Celtics championship trophy just to go home in the first round. On Sunday, he will look to come out fighting looking to take back the series.

"When you get your butt kicked like they've been doing to us the last week or so and you're seeing the same team every day, you're going to tired of it or you're going to lay down," he said. "I'm tired of it."