Terry: 'No extra emotions' facing Mavericks


Terry: 'No extra emotions' facing Mavericks

BOSTON -- Jason Terry found himself in unfamiliar territory after playing the past eight seasons for the Dallas Mavericks.
On Wednesday he faced his former team, this time defending the TD Garden parquet as a member of the Boston Celtics. 
"There were no extra emotions," he said following the Celtics 117-115 double overtime win. "It will be different when I go back to Dallas because that was home and that crowd used to be my crowd. That's when it's going to be different. But tonight it just good to see everybody. It was more that type of deal tonight."
Terry scored 10 points, shooting 3-for-9 from the field, 3-for-3 from the line, and 1-for-6 from long range. More significantly, head coach Doc Rivers turned to Terry at the end of regulation and in the entirety of both overtimes.
He didn't have the same look-at-me-now performances like Jeff Green had against the Oklahoma City Thunder (19 points) or Kevin Garnett posted against the Minnesota Timberwolves (18 points, 10 rebounds), but he did not lack effort.
Green (15 points) was glad to help his teammate get a win. Following the game, he noted the Celtics record in their first game against former teams.
"We're 2-0 now and we've got Courtney (Lee) coming up in Houston," said Green. "He (Terry) missed a lot of shots but he made them when they counted. He hit a three and a jumpshot with the foul. You have those days, but before the game I told him, 'You helped me get mine, I'm going to help you get yours.' We got the victory and that's what matters." 
In spite of being on opposing teams now, Terry has kept in touch with those he spent years with in Texas. He talked to former teammate Dirk Nowitzki (inactive, right knee surgery) during the game on Wednesday and caught up with team owner Mark Cuban beforehand. Cuban has spoken highly of Terry since he opted to sign with the Celtics in July. 
"It was more about how the kids are doing," Terry said. "We have a great relationship." 
Terry will make his return to Dallas on March 22. 

Hawkins says he passed up more lucrative deals to sign with Patriots


Hawkins says he passed up more lucrative deals to sign with Patriots

The Patriots went into Wednesday with what could have passed as the deepest receiving group in team history, yet by lunchtime they had added another. 

Former Browns and Bengals wideout Andrew Hawkins announced on Twitter (via uSTADIUM) that he had chose to come to terms with New England. He explained that the opportunity to work with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick proved to be enough to convince him that he should pass up more lucrative offers from other clubs.

"After giving it a lot of though, I've decided that I'm going to join the New England Patriots," he said. "Super excited about the opportunity, man, to join the reigning football champions. In Cleveland, I said it was about joining a contender, and the Patriots are the contender, the reigning champs.

"The program is top-notch, and you get the opportunity to play with the best quarterback and the best coach in NFL history, man, so it's super exciting. It was never really about the money. To be honest, I passed up on deals that were probably double the compensation . . . but it was all about winning for me at this point, and putting myself in the best position to do so."

Hawkins (5-foot-7, 180 pounds) may be a familiar name to Patriots fans as he caught four passes for a season-high 56 yards and one touchdown against New England in Week 5 of last season. He finished the year with 33 catches for 324 yards and three scores. The 31-year-old has recently seen his name in the headlines as he completed his Sports Management degree at Columbia and graduated last week. 

The Patriots have receivers room that's currently pretty loaded with talent. Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell figure to make up the top end of the depth chart, while former practice-squad wideouts Devin Street, Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White figure to compete for playing time as do undrafted rookies Austin Carr and Cody Hollister.

"Nothing's for sure. I got my work cut out for me. It's an opportunity," Hawkins said. "That's how I'm approaching it. Going there and seeing how I stack up with the best and try to earn my keep and prove my worth. I'm jsust excited to get there, get to work, and hopefully I can be part of something special and kind of join that Patriot legacy."