Posts Tagged ‘Jason Terry’

Conventional wisdom: LeBron James edition

by Micah Hart

After each game day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is the current favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on its jerseys.

Here’s how it looks on the morning of Wednesday, June 8.

Start planning the parade:

Dallas Mavericks

The screenplay I am writing about the Mavericks’ championship season is starting to become too fantastic. I may have to tone it down so it will be a little more believable when I start shopping it to the studios.

Come on, Dallas, really? You win a game when your franchise, the one guy who has to have it going for you at all times, comes down with the flu, has a bad shooting night, commits the ultimate sin of MISSING A SINGLE FREE THROW, and you still somehow pull out another come-from-behind victory?

Walt Disney won’t even look me in the eye with that pitch.

Clearly, this Dallas team is more than just Dirk Nowitzki. Jason Terry, for all his yapping the last few days, did what champions do and backed up his talk when it counted.

Dirk, unlike LeBron James, knows what to do when the chips are pushed in to the middle – he attacks. He couldn’t hit water from a boat last night from the perimeter, but still managed to score more points in the fourth quarter than LBJ did in the entire game, and that, my friends, ain’t a coincidence.

They may have to disinfect the Larry O’Brien trophy after Nowitzki touches it because of the German’s germs, but so be it. The Mavericks storybook ending is just two games away now.

Give it up already:

Miami Heat

Gregg Doyel, you were a game early with your question for LeBron. Scottie Pippen thinks this guy could be better than Jordan? MJ never scored less than eight points in a Finals’ quarter, forget a whole game.

Dwyane Wade has got to be rethinking his decision to re-up with the Heat in the offseason. After all, he could have gone home to Chicago and made sweet music with a guy like Derrick Rose who actually, you know, doesn’t pretend there is an invisible forcefield around the painted area when the season is on the line, doesn’t play hot potato with the basketball as soon as it touches his hands in the fourth quarter.

Here is a stat: 44-9. You know what that stands for? That is the scoring numbers for Dirk vs. LeBron in the fourth quarter of the four Finals games so far. Don’t tell me that doesn’t mean something. It means everything. James can say all he wants about making the right basketball play, hitting the open man, etc., but last I checked the best way to win a basketball game is to score more points than the opposition. When you are playing 3-on-5 every possession, you are going to have to actually attempt a shot or two on occasion.

Seriously, how do you lose that game with Wade playing the way he did? How do you blow another big fourth-quarter lead?

Put that coffee cup down, LeBron. Coffee is for closers only.

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Conventional wisdom: June 6th

by Micah Hart

After each game day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is the current favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on its jerseys.

Here’s how it looks on the morning of Monday, June 6.

Start planning the parade:

Miami Heat

All hail Dwyane Wade, the ultimate playoff closer. The Mavericks had no answer for him in Game 3, and I don’t reckon they’ll find one before this series comes to an end. Also, that game-winning shot from the baseline by Chris Bosh? That’s there any time they want it, and CB4 is one of the best mid-range shooters in the NBA. Kind of a nice option to have, yeah?

We all know the stat by now — of the 11 Finals series that were tied 1-1 since the NBA went to the 2-3-2 format, the team that won Game 3 won the title all 11 times. Miami will make it 12-for-12 in just a few more days.

Give it up already:

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks continue to amaze with their ability to rally from large deficits, but at some point you wonder why they keep falling behind by such big margins so often. In this case, it’s simple — they aren’t as good as their opponents.

For the second time in three games, the Dallas bench came up short. For something that was supposed to be a big advantage for Big D coming into this series, they are running short on time to make their mark. Jason Terry is a hit-or-miss contributor, and Game 3 was a miss. It almost seemed like he wanted to erase his tattoo.

Dirk Nowitzki is unbelievably good, and it almost seems like he can do this on his own. He can’t. Which is why the Dallas run is nearly at its end.

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Best of Five: Who deserves the “Jet” nickname?

by Micah Hart

NBA TV analyst Brent Barry has offered his humorous take on many different subjects this season, and he’s back with a Finals edition of “Best of Five”, as he looks to determine once and for all, who deserves the nickname “Jet” — Jason “Jet” Terry, or TNT’s Kenny “the Jet” Smith?

Hmmm, tough call.

Bones picks Terry (spoiler alert!) as his winner, so I’ll assume he moves on to the next round to face Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez?

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Last night in a … short poem

by Micah Hart

What’s that expression? A thing of beauty is a joy forever? Well that’s what Dallas’ comeback was last night — a 22-5 run of sheer bliss that deserves to be remembered in prose for posterity.

The Mavs comeback, as told in rhyming couplets:

Jason Terry strokes the J,
Flies down court and makes them pay.

A couple of freebies, Mavs moving fast,
Marion drives and puts it off glass.

Kidd is open, he drains a three!
A pull-up jumper from Mr. J.T.

It’s Dirk time now, making shots a’plenty,
A rattling jumper, a finish lefty,

A trey from deep, the Heat feeling blue…
The winner past Bosh. Take dat wit chew.

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Conventional wisdom: June 1

by Micah Hart

After each game day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is the current favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on its jerseys.

Here’s how it looks on the morning of Wednesday, June 1.

Start planning the parade:

Miami Heat

Yeah, LeBron James is amazing. If we didn’t hate him so much, we’d really have to be in awe of how well he’s playing in these playoffs. However, the real star of the show for Miami is its defense. As much praise as we heaped on Chicago for its defensive presence all season, it has been the Heat who have played the best “D” when the stakes got raised. It is their ability to choke out any attack that has them rumbling towards a champagne bath.

Give it up already:

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks’ bench was supposed to be a big advantage in this series, but man, did they look bad last night. Jason Terry was the only player who made anything that can be called a positive contribution, while Peja Stojakovic, J.J. Barea, and Brendan Haywood each should petition for part of Miami’s playoff share for their contributions to the Heat win in Game 1.

When Shawn Marion and Jason Kidd become your second and third best offensive options, your team is in trouble.

Dirk can’t do this by himself, but it looks like he’s going to have to try.

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The Jet’s Backup Plan

by Kevin McCormack

Last week we brought you the details on Jason Terry‘s Larry O’Brien trophy tatoo on his arm.  That’s confidence! But what if the Mavs lose in The Finals? Well, according to Terry, he’ll get the ink removed. Ouch!:

But if Dallas does stumble in the NBA Finals, which open Tuesday in Miami, Jet is prepared to erase the leap-of-faith inking.

“It symbolized the fact we had a realistic shot of getting there.” Terry said Sunday before the team departed for Miami. “If I didn’t think we had a chance, I definitely wouldn’t have put that on there. … For me, it’s something I have to sleep with, something I wake up with.

“I definitely know it’s going to hurt worse if I have to take this thing off.”

Yep, if Dallas doesn’t win the trophy, look for Terry to get it removed.

“It means it was bad luck.” Terry said. “I’m very superstitious.”

If the Mavs do win, he’ll still require some needle time – he left the trophy open so he could fill in the date of the championship.

Jason Terry takes the personal guarantee a little bit further

by Micah Hart

It’s a ritual nearly as old as professional sports — before a big game, or series, some star athlete or coach will guarantee victory for his side: Joe Namath before Super Bowl III, Mark Messier against the Devils, Paul Westphal down 0-2 to the Lakers. It’s a rallying cry, a vote of confidence for your team. But at the end of the day, it’s only words.

Not for Jason Terry. Showing his Dallas teammates what he thought they were capable of before the start of the 2010-11 season, JET had the Larry O’Brien trophy tattooed on his right bicep. Seriously. Check it out:

For realz???

Terry had the ink done at the home of noted tattoo enthusiast DeShawn Stevenson the day before a preseason game against the Magic last October. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com elaborates:

Stevenson, who has an offseason home in Orlando, brought his chef and his personal tattoo artist for the players. It was a team-building exercise.

Stevenson’s chest, neck and arms are covered with tattoos. He even has a few facial tattoos and two piercings in his chest. But despite all of his tattoos, what he saw teammate Jason Terry do was mind-boggling at the time.

Terry got one placed on his right biceps of the Larry O’Brien Trophy, given to the winner of the NBA championship.

That is confidence my friends. There’s no return policy on that purchase.

Of course, things have played out pretty well for Terry and the Mavericks ever since. He is just four wins away from making this the most insanely awesome tattoo ever, as well as one of the most remarkable called shots in history.

Of course if they lose … well, I’m sure Stevenson’s guy can make it into something else.

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Conventional wisdom report: May 9th

by Micah Hart

Each day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is currently the favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on their jerseys.

Here’s how it looks on the morning of Monday, May 9.

Start planning the parade:

Dallas Mavericks

Several things stand out in the wake of the Mavs’ total destruction of the Lakers on Sunday. Their staggering proficiency from 3-point range was amazing, as Dallas tied several NBA playoff records including most 3′s in a half (11), most 3′s in a game (20) and most by a single player (Jason Terry, nine). But the biggest achievement to me (as our main man Sekou Smith also points out): the Mavs became the first team in playoff history to have three bench players top the 20-point mark in the same game, with Jason Terry (32 points), J.J. Barea (22), Peja Stojakovic (21) each reaching the plateau.

Dallas has everything rolling right now and is making its playoff failures of the past a distant memory with each win. If the Mavs’ bench can keep turning in performances even half as good as what we saw from them in Game 4 on Sunday, they just may net Dirk Nowitzki his first NBA title.

Give it up already:

Chicago Bulls

Game 4 against the Hawks showed everyone exactly why the Bulls aren’t ready to win a championship yet. When Derrick Rose doesn’t have his offensive A-game, Chicago doesn’t have enough reliable alternative scoring options. Much like Atlanta did against Orlando and Dwight Howard, the Hawks can focus their defensive energy on making Rose work for his points (34 points in Game 4, but on 32 shots) and count on the rest of the Bulls coming up short.

The Bulls may have had the best regular-season record in the NBA, but they had a much tougher first-round series against the Pacers than most expected. Now the Hawks are threatening to take them to the limit as well. Even if Atlanta can’t finish the job, the looming battle with the Celtics or Heat — both of whom play much better defense than the Hawks — will be enough to send them packing.

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Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 3 Kentucky



by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. In this matchup we’ve got some Wildcat-on-Wildcat action as Arizona takes on Kentucky.

VS

Arizona Wildcats

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Andre Iguodala, Sixers: 18.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 0.7 blocks, 2.1 steals
Richard Jefferson, Spurs: 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.8 steals
Channing Frye, Suns: 18.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 blocks, 0.9 steals
Chase Budinger, Rockets: 21.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.2 steals
Jason Terry, Mavericks: 24.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.7 steals

Missed the cut: Gilbert Arenas, Magic; Jerryd Bayless, Raptors; Mike Bibby, Heat; Jordan Hill, Rockets; Mustafa Shakur, Wizards; Luke Walton, Lakers

Team synopsis: Leave Agent Zero on the bench? Am I crazy? Maybe. But this competition wants the players currently playing the best, not who has the best resume. Arenas just isn’t playing at the same level anymore, and both Budinger and Frye are having better seasons. This is a dangerous Arizona team, with a lot of players who can fill up the stat sheet in a number of ways.

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Last night in a … streak

by Micah Hart

Any time you get to a 10-game winning streak you have to be pleased, but I feel like Dallas got particular enjoyment out of last night’s 105-100 win over Golden State. I know it’s been a few years now, but if I were a Mavs fan, I’d still relish any victory over the team that beat them as an eight-seed in the 2007 playoffs. The usual stars were out for the Mavericks in this one, with Dirk Nowitzki scoring 25, Caron Butler getting 19, and Jason Terry popping for 20 off the bench, but upon closer inspection you’ll find the first career double-double for former Spurs big man Ian Mahinmi, who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. San Antonio is going to have to stop handing off foreign big men to their rivals at some point. Unless they want to give Tiago Splitter to the Hawks, then I’m interested.

That’s now two Texas-based franchises with 10+ game winning streaks this season, by the way. Houston, you are on the clock.

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