|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM|
Ray Allen who? I won't go down that road with a speed bump that forces my head to hit the back of my seat. Or my head may sway towards the window. Basically the Allen, and Terry argument will last all season. I am bombarded with questions every other day from coworkers, or from others I hardly know. What do they ask? Do you miss Ray Allen? These are Laker fans mind you, and they know shit about the Celtics. They don't get when I say Terry is an upgrade. They think I am trying to self medicate my mind with false hope.
Terry was slow out of the gates, as Allen came firing in his first game against the Celtics, and it came in the first game of the season. As the season moves past ten games. Allen seems to be sinking, and Terry seems to be using his life jacket with ease. Because for awhile there. Terry was drowning. Now lets look at some numbers.
Terry through ten games is averaging 11.6 points in 25 minutes. Allen is .8 points ahead of Terry with 12.2 points a game in 27 minutes per game. How about the past five games? Terry's been averaging 12.2 a game, and Allen barley 9 points a game. It's easy to see that Terry is feeling good, and that Allen is coming down from the high of going to south beach.
"No question. Terry Stotts, Dwane Casey, Rick Carlisle, all the guys I know are going to play zone, I get extra excited, because obviously, as you know, in a zone, they're going to pack it in," said Terry, listing off Mavericks coaches past and present. Casey is now head coach of the Raptors. "They don't want to give up anything inside, and shooters are going to be wide open.
"When our bigs roll hard, they have to be honored. As you've seen them at the rim, they're catching, they're finishing with dunks or layups. And when that happens, the defense has to suck in, they have to help. And as a shooter, you love it, because you know your man has to tag. The ball comes, you just have to be ready to shoot."
"Whether it's starting or coming off the bench, it's all about opportunity," Terry explained. "When the opportunity presents itself, you have to take advantage of it, and I think for me this year on this team, the looks that I'm going to be getting are different. They're not in my comfort zone or where I usually get my offense, so I have to be patient and take what comes to me. But when it comes, take them like it's the game-winning shot."
Terry again, and again shows us what we got, and how great it is for us to have him. Terry has a great gift. And I think he's helping the team more than we know. The options are endless for him.