Terry shoulders blame for C's loss

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Terry shoulders blame for C's loss

MILWAUKEE Jason Terry was having a solid game for the Boston Celtics.

He was scoring, dropping dimes at Rajon Rondo-like rate and his defense was solid - mostly solid.

But he made one mistake, one that proved costly in Boston's 91-88 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Clinging to a one-point lead with less than a minute to play, Terry somehow lost sight of Brandon Jennings who made the Celtics pay with a game-winning 3-pointer.

"The play wasn't for a three," Jennings said. "The play was for me to come off a pick with Larry (Sanders). If I had an open lane, of course take it to the hole. Or we had Monta (Ellis) at the other end. But we just moved the ball around and were able to get an open shot."

Things only got worst for Terry who had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, only to see his 3-pointer hit too hard off the back of the rim and roll out.

"Being a 14-year veteran, I can't make that crucial mistake (defensively) and leave Brandon Jennings (open) in the end," Terry said. "I told everybody I'll take this one on my shoulders."

As much as Terry's defensive gaffe contributed to the loss, his play prior to that was instrumental in the Celtics having the game in their control for most of the night.

With Rajon Rondo serving the second game of his two-game suspension, Terry had his first double-double of the season with 15 points and a season-high 11 assists. His facilitating was a key factor in Boston pulling ahead by as many as 17 points.

Like most of his teammates afterward, Terry pointed out how the Celtics did for the most part, what they wanted to do.

They had a horrific second quarter in which they gave up 36 points, but that came on the heels of a first quarter in which they held the Bucks to just 11 points.

"The frustrating thing about this loss ... playoff basketball," Terry said. "Basketball is a game of mistakes."

And Terry makes no secret about not forgetting the one he made in the game's closing seconds.

"I've been through so many possessions, so many games like this one," he said. "It just hurts me, for me to be in that position and not to either make a shot or not to make a defensive play. So again, I take this one on me; no problem. But I'll bet you I'll fight back and battle back next week."

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green isn’t exactly known as being the most respectful competitor, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he spent the early minutes of last night’s game against the Clippers telling Paul Pierce he isn’t a legend. 

Pierce, who will retire at the end of the season, was not in the game at the time, but Green called to him from the court, telling him nobody would give him a farewell tour. 

“Chasing that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that,” Green said. “You can’t get that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that.” 

Green then said something else that was tough to hear through the broadcast before adding, “You thought you was Kobe?”

After the game, Pierce responded on Twitter, going to the easiest and most obvious insult available. As Chris Rock once said, “If I’m driving, and someone crashes into me with one leg, I’m gonna talk about the leg.”

Gronkowski says he has 'no doubt' he'll be ready for start of next season

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Gronkowski says he has 'no doubt' he'll be ready for start of next season

When it comes to projecting Rob Gronkowski's health, it's been best to steer clear of absolutes. There have been too many injuries, too many surgeries, to predict exactly how he'll feel months in advance. 

Still, in speaking with ESPN's Cari Champion recently, he said he had "no doubt" he'll be ready for Week 1 of the 2017 regular season. 

"Yes, for sure," he replied when asked if he expected to be good to go. 

Gronkowski also fielded a question about his long-term future in the sit-down. Lately it's been his coach Bill Belichick and his quarterback Tom  Brady who receiver all the life-after-football queries, but Gronkowski, 27, was asked how much longer he'd like to play. 

"I’m not really sure," he said. "I mean, I still love playing the game, and as of right now, I want to play as long as I possibly could play. My mindset is to keep on going."

Gronkowski landed on season-ending injured reserve in December after undergoing a procedure on his back -- his third back surgery since 2009. He's had nine reported surgeries -- including procedures on his knee, forearm and ankle -- since his final year at the University of Arizona.