Terry: 'Totally different' from Ray Allen

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Terry: 'Totally different' from Ray Allen

WALTHAM When Ray Allen decided to join the Miami Heat, Jason Terry knew the comparisons between him and Allen would be made - a lot.

Both have been among the NBA's better 3-point shooters for years. Both have played integral roles in helping a team (Allen in Boston, Terry in Dallas) win an NBA title.

But as Terry pointed out during the Boston Celtics' Media day on Friday, similarities between the two are fewer and farther between than most would believe.

"We're two different players," Terry said. "Hopefully I'll bring something that Ray didn't, and some of the things that he did. Ray obviously was a great player for this franchise for years, brought them a championship in '08 but our games are totally different."

Although both rank among the NBA's all-time leaders in 3-pointers made (Allen is No. 1 while Terry ranks No. 4), Terry looks to score off the dribble more in addition to being able to play some point guard while Allen is a pure shooting guard with so-so ball-handling skills.

If you look at their most recent shooting numbers more closely, it's clear that Allen relied more on his 3-point shooting prowess than Terry. During the 2011-2012 season, 47.5 percent of the shots taken by Allen were 3-pointers compared to Terry whose 3-point shooting constituted 44 percent of the shots he took for Dallas last season.

And then there's the size difference, something Terry has no choice but to concede.

"He's 6-5 or whatever, I'm 6-2," Terry said. "But I am the Jet and I like to fly. We'll see what happens. A lot of those comparisons will be thrown out there. But we're two totally different players."

And two totally different mindsets towards their roles with the Celtics.

After spending his first four-plus seasons in Boston as a starter, C's coach Doc Rivers decided to have Allen come off the bench and instead start Avery Bradley who provided a better defensive presence with the first group.

Being a backup was a role that Allen did not embrace wholeheartedly at first, and never fully adjusted to the idea or embrace the change.

Meanwhile, Terry has spent the bulk of his career as a reserve and he loves it.

"I'll be thrust into the sixth man role and hey, I'm one of the best," said Terry who was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 2009. "It is what it is. I take pride in that. It's something that every team needs; that energy, that spark off the bench. That's what I'm here to do."

The year that Terry won the award, he averaged 19.6 points per game. Only three players in NBA history have won the award with a higher scoring average. Among them was former Celtic Kevin McHale who averaged 19.8 points in 1985.

A career 16.1 points per game scorer, Terry doesn't take for granted how important his role will be to the Celtics this season.

"I don't want to let these guys down," Terry said. "KG has already talked to me about what it means for him to win another championship. Rondo tells me everyday what it means to win another one. And Paul Pierce, he's looking great. They know. They're champions. Now as me as a veteran player, it's to help these young guys, guys we'll need off the bench, be a leader for them and help them understand what it's going to mean to win a championship."

And as he has done since arriving in Boston, Terry reiterates that his focus remains squarely on winning another championship.

"When you join a team and a franchise like this one here in Boston, there is no other goal," Terry said. "The goal is to win a championship, and I believe we have the talent, we have the coaching staff, we have the fans to get the job done. We believe it. We believe it to a man, that we will win (a championship)."

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Celtics-Rockets preview: Get ready for 3-point showdown

Celtics-Rockets preview: Get ready for 3-point showdown

Earlier this month the Boston Celtics took a season-high 42 three-pointers in a game which raised a few eyebrows. 

And you know what?

No one would be surprised if the Celtics (12-8) surpassed that total tonight when they face the Houston Rockets who have set the pace when it comes to launching 3-point bombs in the NBA this season with 37.0 attempts per game. 

The Celtics aren’t too far behind, averaging 30.8 three-pointers which ranks fifth in the NBA.

But what makes these two teams so unique is that in addition to taking a lot of 3s, they also rank among the NBA’s leaders when it comes to knocking them down. 

The Rockets (13-7) make an NBA-high 14.0 three-pointers per game while the Celtics are fifth in the league with 11.1 made 3s per game. 

And the key to that stat is that both teams shoot a surprisingly high percentage from 3-point range as well. 

Houston’s 37.8 percent from 3-point range is the fifth-best mark in the NBA while the Celtics shoot 36.0 percent on 3's which ranks 10th in the league. 

So what does all this 3-ball shooting mean? 

It means get your popcorn ready for what should be one of the more exciting, high-scoring games on the Boston Celtics’ schedule this season.

Here are some other key stats to keep tabs on during tonight’s game. 

 

FIRST QUARTER SCORING

There is no team in the NBA better at jumping on you from the outset, then Houston. They lead the NBA in first-quarter scoring with 31.2 points per game while shooting 51.9 percent in the quarter which is also tops in the NBA. But there’s a downside to their first quarter success. Houston’s first quarter defense is pretty bad, ranking 27th in the league in first-quarter points allowed (28.5) while allowing teams to shoot a league-worst 52.3 percent from the field in the game’s first 12 minutes. 

 

FOURTH QUARTER SCORING

As impressive as Houston is to start games, the Boston Celtics are just as dominant offensively in the fourth quarter. Boston averages a league-best 29.1 points per game in the fourth compared to the Rockets whose 24.4 points in the fourth ranks 21st in the NBA. Boston’s strong finish to games is aided by a defense that seems to save its best work for the fourth quarter. Opponents are shooting just 40.6 percent against the Celtics in the fourth which ranks as the third-best fourth quarter defense in the NBA.

 

OFFENSIVE REBOUND PERCENTAGE

Boston’s struggles on the boards are well documented which includes - but is certainly not limited to - offensive rebounding. The Rockets will present a major problem to Boston when it comes to trying to avoid Houston getting second and third-shot opportunities. The Rockets rank fifth in the NBA in second-chance points (15.3) per game while the Celtics’ defense allows 15.2 second-chance points which ranks 27th in the league. And Boston’s offensive rebounding percentage for opponents ranks dead-last in the NBA at .265.

 

BALL MOVEMENT

Both teams rank among the league leaders in assists per game with Boston’s 24.4 assists per game average No. 2 in the NBA and Houston’s 24.3 assists ranks fourth. But more telling is how the Celtics rely more heavily on keeping the ball moving, more so than the Rockets. You see this in Boston averaging 329.2 passes per game which ranks third in the NBA while the Rockets’ 273.5 passes per game average is 29th in the league. Still, Houston’s passing game is to be respected especially when you consider the lofty assists numbers they’ve racked up in addition to them getting 59.2 points created via the assist according to nba.com/stats

 

TURNOVERS

These two are at opposite ends of the basketball world when it comes to turnovers. Boston commits 12.3 per game which is the fourth-fewest committed in the NBA while the Rockets are turning the ball over 16.1 times per game and that ranks 27th in the league. And these two remain widely far apart in the fourth quarter which is when the Celtics turn the ball over a league-low 2.2 times per game in the fourth while Houston turns the ball more than twice as much (4.5) which ranks 29th in the league.