Terry shows worth for Celtics just by being on court

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Terry shows worth for Celtics just by being on court

MILAN - The Boston Celtics made acquiring Jason Terry a priority this summer because of his shot-making ability and versatility on the floor.

But what is often lost in his game is the fact his mere presence can benefit teams greatly.

That's exactly what he delivered in Boston's 105-75 blowout win over EA7 Emporio Armani on Sunday.

Terry had 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting which in itself isn't that impressive. But the Celtics were a whopping 29 when he was on the floor which was the best plusminus ratio of any player.

"He was great," said Doc Rivers. "He was off the ball and I thought he got comfortable. He missed a lot of open shots early, and just kind of hung in there. You could see when he gets it going, he really gets it going.

Rivers added, "He's so clever. For a coach, he's fun for me to watch. He's so ahead of the game and players on the floor. He sees things ... He's a fun guy to coach, I can tell you that."

And he can get it done both as a starter and coming off the bench, although he is best known for being a high impact backup.

Terry, the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 2009, was thrown into the starting lineup on Sunday in place of Courtney Lee.

Rivers said he will look to shake things up in a similar fashion throughout the preseason.

But that didn't stop Terry from having a chat about the lineup change with Lee, who like Terry, is in his first season with the Celtics.

"I talked with him before the game," Terry told Comcast SportsNet shortly after the win. "I told him, 'It doesn't matter if you start or coming off the bench. You gotta come out and assert yourself."

Lee did just that with an emphatic dunk for two of his 11 points off the bench.

"We just need to continue to build, grow as a cohesive unit and the Celtics are going to be a team to wreckon with."

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

The Golden State Warriors are the least of Tyronn Lue's worries, Cleveland Cavaliers coach explained Tuesday.

Even though Lue and the Cavs are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, he is apparently overwhelmed with the Boston Celtics to the point where he isn't even thinking about Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the 67-win Warriors.

"We're just focused on Boston," Lue said of the Warriors following the Cavs' Game 4 win, via ESPN.com. "The stuff they're running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing."

No, seriously.

"Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s---," Lue said of Boston coach Brad Stevens' schemes. "I'll be like, 'F---.' They're running all kinds of s---, man. And Brad's got them moving and cutting and playing with pace, and everybody is a threat. It's tough, you know, it's tough."

Without Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics finished Game 4 with four players who had 15 points or more. They also had six players who scored double digits in Boston's Game 3 win. Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk, Jae Crowder and Al Horford have made heavy offensive contributions. And they not just scoring. The Celtics are working hard off the ball by setting screens and cutting to the hoop to pressure the Cavaliers defense.

The Celtics may not have the Warriors' star power -- but Stevens and Boston are still managing to leave Lue in a state of clear befuddlement after a win.

LeBron James praised Stevens more directly when discussing how the Celtics "run different things" after losing Thomas to injury.

"So they had to kind of reshape, and that’s the beauty of having Brad Stevens as your coach," James told reporters. "You’re able to reshape what you do offensively and still be in a good rhythm. It’s been challenging for us to kind of — plays out of time-out, kind of been killing us on ATOs and keeping us off balance, but in the second half we kind of got a little bit of rhythm, and think we’ll be better in Game 5."