Jason Terry believes Spurs’ air conditioning malfunction was intentional

Jason-Terry-would-join-heatAs you could have guessed, there are more than a few people who believe the air conditioning malfunction that took place at the AT&T Center during Game 1 of the NBA Finals was not an accident. Brooklyn Nets guard Jason Terry is one of them.

Terry, who used to play for the Dallas Mavericks and has faced the San Antonio Spurs a number of times throughout his career, says a piping hot arena is vintage Gregg Popovich.

“You know what, Pop has done that so many times,” Terry told ESPN Dallas 103.3 on Friday. “I don’t know if it’s a conspiracy, but I’m telling you, going into San Antonio is a tough place to play.

“And I can remember very well one time where it was cold showers, there were about a thousand flies in the locker room. This year, there was a snake in the locker room. So, they’re going to pull out all the stops to get into your head. When you go to San Antonio, expect something like that. And Miami fell victim to it.”

Terry has a point to an extent. Bizarre things do tend to happen during Spurs home games, like that time Manu Ginobili swatted a bat out of mid-air. But intentionally creating an environment where temperatures climb above 90 degrees? That doesn’t seem safe for either team.

Still, Terry said he recalls times when he was playing for the Mavs and he felt the Spurs were trying to sweat the visitors out.

“Oh, no question,” he said. “For an event of that magnitude, to say that the AT&T Center’s air-conditioning is not working — there’s definitely something wrong with that.”

If you ask Popovich, he’ll just tell you the Spurs need to pay their bills. Fortunately, the air conditioning has been repaired and should be in working order for Game 2 on Sunday night.

Jason Terry skinned a zebra for his shoes and socks

Brooklyn Nets socks

At least we can say one thing about the Brooklyn Nets: they looked much better in their clothes than they did in their game on Christmas.

The Nets were crushed at home by the Chicago Bulls 95-78 to fall to 9-19. As part of their Christmas outfits, though, they wore swirling socks. The socks looked better on some than others. But check out what Jason Terry did. He had zebra striped shoes to match his high socks:

It’s a little much for me, but not a bad look.

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Jason Terry: Brooklyn Nets will win championship, Deron Williams will be MVP

Jason-Terry-Paul-Pierce-Kevin-Garnett-NetsJason Terry started drinking the Kool-Aid the moment he signed with the Boston Celtics, and it appears he is going to do the same with the Brooklyn Nets. The 35-year-old sharpshooter got a Celtics championship tattoo before he played a single game in green. Now that he has been traded to the Nets, he’s already talking about bringing a championship to New York.

“We are going to kick butt and take names, and hopefully that’s gonna end up in a championship,” Terry told ESPN New York 98.7 FM on Thursday. “There’s something in the air here that says the Brooklyn Nets will be the NBA champions next year.”

In addition to winning a championship, Terry believes point guard Deron Williams now has the players he needs around him to win a league MVP.

“I’m saying Deron Williams for MVP, with the pieces we have here,” Terry said.

In order to win an NBA championship, Brooklyn will likely have to go through the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Given the way LeBron James has played over the past two seasons, that looks like a tall task even with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce now wearing Nets uniforms. However, Terry feels he and Jason Kidd hold the key to beating Miami.

“I’m not concerned. We have the formula,” he said, via the NY Daily News. “Jason Kidd and I are the only ones to crack that code.”

Terry is known as a great veteran leader, and this is one of the reasons why. He radiates confidence and tries to pass it on to his teammates. Personally, I feel that Pierce, Garnett and Terry are too old to take down the Heat. They were showing serious signs of age in Boston, and there’s no reason that won’t continue next season. It’s going to take a lot more than trash talk to get through Miami.

Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce leave court without shaking hands (Video)

Kevin Garnett Paul PierceKevin Garnett stayed true to his competitive form to the very end. After the Boston Celtics lost to the New York Knicks 88-80 in a series-ending Game 6 at TD Garden on Friday, Garnett walked off the court without appearing to shake hands with his opponents. Teammates Paul Pierce and Jason Terry were right in front of him as they walked off the court and into the locker room.

Exiting the playoffs without congratulating his opponents on the court is a postseason tradition for KG. He and Rajon Rondo did it last year after Boston lost to the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Neither player would apologize for not being sportsmanlike, and Rondo even said he wished the team had more “sore losers.” Though Rondo wasn’t around because he is rehabbing his knee injury, Boston did have more sore losers this time to join Garnett.

There actually is a lot more going on here than a matter of sportsmanship; there is a lot of bad blood between the teams. In January, Garnett and Carmelo Anthony got into it during and after a game. Then the Knicks angered the Celtics by wearing all black to Game 4 for the “funeral” of the Celtics.

Garnett is signed for two more seasons while Pierce has a $15.3 million team option. Boston could buy out Pierce for $5 million. Garnett, who is turning 37 on May 19, hinted in February that he would be retiring after the season. Pierce has indicated that he does not want to play for any other team. This may finally be the year both players call it a career.

If Garnett’s last actions on an NBA court were walking off without congratulating his opponent, it would be very befitting of his competitive personality.

JR Smith when asked about Jason Terry: ‘Who?’

The Boston Celtics have an incredibly tall task ahead of them if they want to advance to the next round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. They are returning to New York on Wednesday night to face the Knicks, who have put Kevin Garnett and company in a 3-1 hole. If the Celtics need bulletin board matieral to motivate them, JR Smith is doing his best to provide it.

Smith did not play in Game 4 after he was suspended for elbowing Jason Terry during Game 3. Terry was a big reason the Celtics were able to force Game 5 with his 18-point performance (9 in overtime) in Game 4. When asked about Terry’s success in Game 4, Smith refused to acknowledge his existence.

“Who?” Smith said, via the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin. “I don’t even know who that is.”

Refusing to let him off that easy, a reporter asked Smith a follow-up question about the Celtics guard.

“Who?” he asked again. “Who is that?”

There you go, Boston. If Doc Rivers was looking for something to use to wake his team up at Madison Square Garden, this should be a good place to start. Smith was also asked if the Knicks would have been able to sweep the Celtics had he not been suspended.

“Oh, yeah,” he said confidently. “It would have been over. I would have been playing golf today.”

This is the same Smith who recently said the Celtics are lost because they are missing a certain player, so he obviously isn’t afraid to offend his opponents. Whether or not it will come back to haunt him remains to be seen.

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LeBron James: Dunk on Jason Terry even ‘sweeter’ because he ‘talks too much’

LeBron James dunk Jason TerryThe rivalry between Jason Terry and LeBron James is growing by the day, but there is really no arguing who won the latest battle. Not only did LeBron lead the Miami Heat to a comeback win over the Boston Celtics on Monday night, he also straight up posterized Terry in the process.

On Wednesday, James admitted to reporters that he was glad Terry was the player he dunked on.

“I’ve had a chance to (review) it and it was one of my better ones,” James said, via ESPNBoston.com. “The fact that it happened to J.T. made it that much sweeter. Because we all know J.T. and he talks too much sometimes. And I’m glad it happened to him.”

LeBron stared Terry down after the dunk, resulting in a technical foul for taunting. Rather than admitting James posterized him, Terry instead sounded bitter when talking to reporters about the play.

“I’m not even commenting,” Terry said, via the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn. “No comment. Zero. I have none. A basketball play.”

When asked for his reaction to the dunk, Terry refused to man up.

“My reaction was when the fans were cheering and I went up and knocked down the technical,” he said according to CBS Boston. “That’s a great reaction.”

Yeah man, you really showed him. Terry got a facial and then went on to lose the game, but at least he knocked that technical free throw down. I’m sure LeBron instantly regretted it when that happened. Not.

The bottom line is Terry sounds like a baby. He talked trash about the Heat last week and then went out and got dunked all over. When that happens, the best approach is just to tip your hat and admit the opposition got the best of you.

LeBron James dunks on Jason Terry, gets technical for taunting (Video)

LeBron James dunk Jason TerryLeBron James dunked on Jason Terry during the second quarter of the Miami Heat-Boston Celtics game Monday, and he was called for a technical foul for taunting. The dunk was so powerful it caused people to instantly recall DeAndre Jordan’s posterization of Brandon Knight.

Terry stole a pass by the Heat, but Dwyane Wade stole the ball back after poking the ball loose from behind Terry. Wade passed the ball to Mario Chalmers, who dished to Norris Cole, who fed James with a lob. LeBron just destroyed Terry, who was trying to defend the dunk. He sent the Celtics guard to the floor and stared over him for a second, leading to the technical.

The power dunk by LeBron on Terry likely had a personal meaning; Terry said last week that he didn’t find the Heat’s winning streak very impressive. That was probably LeBron’s way of telling the former Maverick to think twice.

James also had another reason to boast following the game — he helped the Heat overcome a 17-point deficit to beat the Celtics 105-103 and extend their winning streak to 23 games. James scored 13 of his 37 points in the final eight minutes of the game — including the tying and winning shots.

Jordan, who destroyed Knight on a dunk two Sundays ago, paid his respects to James with a tweet:

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