Jason Terry's past collides with his present tomorrow

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Jason Terry's past collides with his present tomorrow

BOSTON Jason Terry's journey from Dallas to Boston, and to where he is today, has gone through its share of stages.

First there was surprise that the Mavericks, the team he spent the bulk of his career with (including an NBA title run in 2011), didn't look to match the three-year, 15 million deal that the Celtics offered.

Then came the disappointment of that decision.

"The Mavs wanted to go in a different direction," Terry told CSNNE.com recently. "That's part of the business. You're not always going to like it, but it is what it is."

From there, Terry embraced the acceptance of his new team in a new city, with a new fan base that has welcomed him with open arms.

But in all this, Terry is human.

And no matter what he or any NBA player says, there's always a desire -- even if it's a slight one -- to seek revenge on a team that essentially didn't want you around any more.

Look at Kevin Garnett. He tends to play some of his best basketball against his former team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have yet to beat Garnett since he left.

So it's fair to say Terry has been looking forward to Wednesday night's game against his former team for quite a while -- like since the schedules came out this summer.

"I had a great time in Dallas, and I still have a lot of friends and people I care about there, both in the city and within the organization," Terry said recently. "But that's part of my past. My present is here with the Boston Celtics. And my mindset going into that game is the same as it is every game, to win. That's what it's all about."

Winning was something that became habitual with Terry during his eight seasons with the Mavericks.

They went to the playoffs in each of his eight seasons, advanced to the NBA Finals twice, and ultimately won the franchise's first NBA title in 2011.

Terry had a slew of memorable plays and moments during his time in Dallas, but few stick out more than the 2011 NBA Finals against Miami when he called out LeBron James prior to Game 4. At the time, the Mavericks trailed the series, two games to one.

"Let's see if James can defend me like that for seven games," Terry said at the time.

Dallas won Game 4 in large part because of Terry's 17 points off the bench, while James had just eight.

From there, the Mavericks went on to win the last two games and the series.

And while Terry's scoring was what stood out to many during Dallas' title run, his head coach at the time remembers Terry's contributions coming in so many other areas of the game, as well.

"I always considered him a terrific all-around player," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told CSNNE.com. "He can play every facet of the game. Our championship year, he played an all-around game. He scored, he made plays, he took care of the ball, he defended his matchup."

Carlisle, a former Celtic, added, "He is a very, very special guy to this organization. When you consider the fact that he was one of the best players on that team all those years, most of that period of time he not only accepted but embraced the role of coming off the bench and helping the team win. That made him even more special."

Carlisle understands how challenging it can be for a player to embrace coming off the bench when they have most likely spent the bulk of their high school, college and possibly pro career as a starter.

"I would sum it up in one word: Special," said Carlisle, a reserve guard on the Celtics' 1986 championship team. "There aren't a lot of guys in this league that would readily embrace that kind of challenge, and be willing to stay with it on a year-to-year basis. He not only did it, but he did it at the highest level."

Terry points to the fact that his comfort level coming off the bench dates back to his days at Arizona, when he was a reserve guard on the Wildcats' national championship team in 1997.

"Whatever role I'm given, I learned a while ago you do it to the best of your ability and good things will happen," said Terry, who years later went on to become Pac-10 Player of the Year and an eventual top-10 draft pick.

"For me, it's all about winning championships. That's why I'm here; to win a championship."

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is Rob Gronkowski good to go?

00:43 - Rob Gronkowski says he's ready to go against the Texans. Michael Holley, Tom Giles and Kayce Smith talk about this risks of him playing while injured.

05:47 - Phil A.Perry follows up the Gronk discussion with a deeper breakdown of Gronk’s decision to play this Sunday.

10:02 - David Price appears to be easing back into baseball after pitching Friday night. Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Price’s outing in Cincinnati. 

16:12 - The BST crew recaps the Red Sox win over Reds. Drellich returns to analyze how the pitchers performed and how that will impact the Red Sox postseason stretch.  

Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

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Danny Amendola embraces delayed follow-up to strong Week 1 performance

This actually won’t be the first time that Danny Amendola had to wait to follow up a strong season-opener with the Pats. 

As the veteran receiver aims to return Sunday from a concussion and knee injury after leaving the Pats’ Week 1 loss early and missing Week 2 altogether, he’ll try to build a Week 1 performance that saw him lead the Pats with 100 yards on six receptions. 

The stop and start is somewhat reminiscent of Amendola’s first year with New England in 2013, when he had 10 receptions for 104 yards in the season-opener. He suffered a groin injury in that game, however, and didn’t play again until Week 5. At least the wait is shorter this time around. 

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“I mean, there’s going to be bumps and bruises along the way, but that’s football, right?” Amendola said Friday. “But I feel really good today, feel strong, so get ready tomorrow and just continue to prepare.”

In that first game back in 2013, Amendola again led the Pats in receiving yards, but it was in a terrible offensive showing for New England. All it took was four receptions for 55 yards to be the Patriots’ best receiver in a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati in which Tom Brady had a rare scoreless game. 

If Amendola can pick up where he left off in Week 1, the Pats will be in good shape. They’re also expected to have Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan ready to go, but Amendola was Tom Brady’s most reliable weapon in the Chiefs game, even though Brandin Cooks made a bigger impact with two pass interference penalties drawn in the red zone. 

Not known for his durability towards the end of his time in St. Louis, this will be the fourth of Amendola’s five regular seasons in New England in which he didn’t play in all 16 games. He played the full season in 2014, 14 games in 2015 and 12 games in 2013 and 2016. 

With Julian Edelman out, Brady could certainly use Amendola’s services as often as possible. That’s especially if he plays the way he did in Week 1. 

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