Terry makes good on second chance vs. Bulls' Belinelli


Terry makes good on second chance vs. Bulls' Belinelli

BOSTON If Jason Terry didn't see the replays on television that night, he saw them in his head in the days and weeks that followed.

It was the final moments of Boston's late-game loss to Chicago last month, a game in which Bulls guard Marco Belinelli came up with a loose ball and scored over Terry for the game-winner.

Fast forward to Wednesday, where Belinelli once again had the ball in his hands with a chance to tie the game or put the Bulls ahead.

There would not be a sequel on Wednesday as Terry swatted away Belinelli's shot to help preserve a 71-69 Celtics win.

While the Celtics pride themselves on taking each game as it comes, Terry's teammates acknowledged that this was a game he has been hyping up for a while now.

"Jet's been talking about this game, probably since the last time we played them, every single day he's been saying something about it," said Boston guard Avery Bradley. "He's been wanting this game so bad."

Said Terry: "I just didn't like it. I didn't like ... seeing that last shot go in over me. And I watched it again (Tuesday) night. I watched it again (Wednesday) before the game. And lo and behold, ball ends up in this guy's hands again."

And once again, Terry comes up with a big defensive play down the stretch, similar to how his late-game pestering of Andre Miller on Sunday eventually helped the C's escape with a triple overtime win over the Denver Nuggets.

Making Terry's play even more improbable was that he was only in the game at that point because Avery Bradley had fouled out - a first for Bradley this season, second time in his career.

"It goes to show you, hard work and dedication, you never know when you're going to be thrust into a similar situation," Terry said. "Every experience is a learning one. This time, I learned and it worked out for me."

Celtics hope to rebound after being outplayed by Bulls on the boards

Celtics hope to rebound after being outplayed by Bulls on the boards

Following Thursday’s 105-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls, the Boston Celtics will be on the prowl to rebound – literally – from its first defeat of the season.

Because for all that did not go right in Thursday night’s loss, the way Boston was beaten on the boards stands out emphatically.

“They got 24 more shots than us. We only turned it over (12) times,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the loss. “So that’s the obvious place they’re getting their possessions, on the glass. That’s going to be the number one thing, that has been the number one thing. It’s something we’ve talked about. We have to get better at it.”


Boston was out-rebounded 55-36 on the boards which heavily factored into Chicago’s 18-5 advantage in second-chance points.

In the Celtics' 122-117 win over Brooklyn on Wednesday, Boston won the overall rebounding battle 47-44, but had just 12 offensive rebounds compared to Brooklyn's 15 offensive boards. Despite the close margin, the Nets won the battle on the offensive glass running away, outscoring the Celtics 23-13 in second-chance points.

Stevens decided to start Tyler Zeller ahead of Amir Johnson to begin the third quarter, hoping Zeller would be a better matchup on the glass than Johnson who did not grab a single rebound in the 11 minutes of court time he got in the first half.

While Zeller did do a few good things on the glass and scoring in half-court sets, it wasn’t enough to swing the momentum Chicago was steadily gaining due to its ability to control the boards.

“I wasn’t real surprised but at the same time I knew it could happen,” Zeller told reporters, referring to Stevens’ decision to have him start the second half. “They did a good job of coming out and setting the tone. They beat us up on the boards, especially the first half. It’s something we have to get better at and continue to grow at.”

And it’s not a one-player or one-position issue, either.

Usually we think of bigs when it comes to rebounding. But Boston’s guards need to step up their rebounding game as well.

The struggles thus far have to be put in the context of this being just two games, the latter being the season opener for the Bulls who were jacked up more than usual due to it being the first game for Chicago native Dwyane Wade and ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo.

“We have to focus on boxing out,” said Boston’s Jaylen Brown. “Guards have to do a better job. Guys like me, Al (Horford), Amir (Johnson), Tyler (Zeller) ... We have to do a good job of coming in the weak side and grabbing those; just focus on it, pay more attention to detail.”