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Jason Terry takes a shot at Ray Allen while praising Paul Pierce

Jason Terry has been trying to become one of the vocal leaders of the Boston Celtics since coming to the team this past offseason, but by the numbers it doesn’t appear he has been all that effective. The Celtics are 13-12 and have been incredibly inconsistent, both offensively and defensively. Terry’s play has been the same.

Paul Pierce scored a season-high 40 points on Wednesday night in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. After the game, Terry praised the Celtics’ captain while throwing a seemingly senseless jab at Ray Allen.

“His (Pierce) willingness to stick through the tough times and not just jump off, ‘I’m out of here! I’m going to join forces with Kobe (Bryant),’ or ‘I’m going to play with Dwyane Wade’ — that’s a shot right there,” Terry said according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.

Terry is averaging 11.4 points and 2.2. assists per game this season. The Celtics have needed him to step up in a number of situations with Avery Bradley injured, and he has not consistently done that. He has done plenty of talking and shown he is a good teammate, but his play has to improve if Boston plans to contend again in the Eastern Conference.

Allen is averaging 11.9 points per game, so the scoring numbers are similar. However, he is shooting a whopping 47% from beyond the arc and has hit a number of clutch shots for the 16-6 Miami Heat. Allen left more money on the table to join the Heat to chase a championship. Many were understandably upset with his decision, but at the moment it looks like it was the right one if he wants to win another ring. If Terry really wants to stick it to Ray, he can start by helping the Celtics win more games.

Jason Terry: Kris Humphries is soft, pretends to be a tough guy

Jason Terry had some strong words for Kris Humphries following the fight that broke out between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. Although the foul Humphries committed on Kevin Garnett wasn’t all that hard and evidence clearly shows Rajon Rondo punching Humphries in the face, Terry showed strong support for his teammate.

“Some guys are tough. Some guys pretend to be. (Humphries is) one of those that pretends to be,” Terry told reporters according to the NY Daily News. “I played with him (on the 2009-10 Dallas Mavericks). Maybe that’s the role Avery (Johnson) wants him to have, but he could leave that to somebody else.”

Terry also proceeded to call Humphries “soft,” so it sounds like he covered all the necessary post-fight insults. Humphries refused to speak to reporters about the incident after the game, but he did later tweet this photo which showed that he got clawed up during the scrum. According to Nets forward Reggie Evans, Humphries got scratched by a little bug.

“That’s just like a mosquito in your face. Eventually, you are going to swat at the mosquito, right?” Evans said. “You aren’t going to let mosquitos in your face. You are going to get bumps all over your face. So you have to knock the mosquito down.”

Is it too early to be dreaming of a potential Eastern Conference playoff matchup between these two teams?

Jason Terry: I already hate the Lakers and Heat

Jason Terry seems to have embraced the Celtics culture faster than any free agent acquisition in NBA history — especially for a veteran who has won a championship in another city. Terry has yet to play a regular season game in Boston and he already sounds like someone who bleeds green, complete with knowing who to love and who to hate. The former Maverick talked about that in the latest edition of his blog on ESPNBoston.com.

“It didn’t take me long to embrace being a Celtic,” Terry wrote. “I hate whoever they hate. The Lakers are number one up there and the Heat aren’t too far behind. Doc tells us every day to think about the Heat. Not only does he tell us, but the film plays over and over if you go to the practice facility. Before practice and after practice, that series [2012 Eastern Conference Finals] is playing over and over on the television.

“We start off the season against them (Oct. 30 in Miami). Obviously the road to the championship goes through the champions and that’s the Miami Heat. I take it on. I take it on personally. This is just a part of me, my make up, and my character.”

Sensing a theme? Last month, Terry said he has made it his mission to kill the Heat and Lakers this year. He also wasted no time getting a Celtics tattoo. The way he talks you would think he’s been a Celtic for life, and that’s exactly the type of attitude Boston needs from him if they want to contend for one last title without Ray Allen.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Jason Terry: My mission is to kill the Heat, the Lakers or both

Jason Terry is not only a great addition to the Celtics bench, he’s also a tremendous locker room presence. Since signing with Boston this offseason, Terry has tried to establish himself as a vocal leader and let it be known that he is ready to bleed green and buy into Doc Rivers’ system. He has also already sized up his enemies, the Heat and the Lakers.

“My mission is to kill; whether it’s the Heat, whether it’s the Lakers,” Terry said Tuesday according to CSNNE.com. “Hopefully both. That’s my mission, and that’s what I’m here to do.”

Terry, who got this tattoo to show how motivated he is to win a championship with Boston, may have to help the C’s do just that if they want to capture banner number 18. On paper, it makes sense that the Celtics and Heat could square off in the Eastern Conference finals and it’s easy to imagine the reloaded Lakers reining victorious in the West.

As we know, it’s not that simple. The Thunder and several other teams around the league will have something to say about it before all is said and done. The important thing for Rivers and the Celtics is that it sounds like Terry is all in. At age 35 and surrounded by aging superstars, you can tell Jet understands the urgency.

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Jason Terry is hoping the Mavericks will retire his jersey

Jason Terry is as good a role player as any in the NBA. For eight seasons with the Mavericks, his steady 30-plus minutes per game and clutch three-point shooting helped make Dallas a contender. Without Terry, the Mavs likely would not have won the championship in 2011, nor would they have gone to the NBA Finals in 2006. But is he worthy of having his jersey retired?

“The bow was winning the championship, but the icing on the cake will be putting that jersey up in the rafters,” Terry told the Star-Telegram on Monday. “If it happens, I’ll be grateful.”

Terry was certainly a leader in his eight seasons in Dallas, but having a player’s jersey retired from any team is pretty rare. You’d have to assume Dirk Nowitzki will eventually have his number hanging in the rafters in Dallas, so is it possible the team would retire two numbers from the same era?

“When you start talking about a jersey in the rafters and stuff like that, he took us to the Finals and was the first point guard to do it, and all those consecutive 50-game seasons,” Terry said. “And then finally winning the championship.

“The credentials are there. Now whether or not that happens, only God knows.”

Depending on Mark Cuban’s policy for retiring numbers, I’d say it’s a long shot. Terry’s importance to the team should not be underestimated, but will he be considered a Mavericks legend when people look back on it in 30 years? If not, that honor is probably just a bit out of his reach.

H/T Sports by Brooks Live

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Jason Terry hopes Celtics tattoo will bring championship luck

When Jason Terry showed off his new Boston Celtics-themed championship tattoo over the weekend, we assumed he got the new ink in hopes of repeating history. In an interview with Celtics.com reporter Molly McGrath, he confirmed that was the case.

“I did it with the Mavericks before the season the year we won it,” Terry said. “So hopefully this year we’ll have the luck of the leprechaun and we’ll get it done again.”

The 34-year-old is stoked to be with Boston.

“I’m excited to be in Celtic green,” he said. “The mystique, the championship pedigree, the heritage, just being in Boston is going to be great for me. Coming from Dallas that was a great franchise, but this organization is first class. I can’t wait to put that uniform on.”

Terry seemed so jazzed about talking Celtics that he said things like put the uniform on again, even though he’s never played with the team before, and that Boston is a first-class organization, with the implication being that Dallas was not. I don’t think Terry meant either one — it just meant to me that he lost himself while speaking because he was so excited. But will he be able to realize his championship dream with Boston? I don’t think so.

Dallas played extremely well that postseason and topped several teams whom many considered to be superior. The Celtics are a team many consider to be good, but few believe they can win the title. They would need a lot of injuries to opposing players to have a shot, and then they would need everyone to play at a high level like what happened in Dallas. They just need too much to go their way in order to win it all, and I don’t see that happening.

Jason Terry gets tattoo of Celtics’ leprechaun holding championship trophy (Picture)

Jason Terry revealed a new tattoo that is sure to endear him to Boston Celtics fans.

Terry, who played with the Mavericks the last eight seasons before signing with Boston in July, shared a few pictures of his new tattoo via Twitter on Saturday. His new ink features the Celtics’ leprechaun logo with the championship trophy swapped in where the leprechaun would otherwise be balancing a basketball on his finger. The tattoo appears on the inner part of Terry’s left biceps, opposite the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy tattoo on his right biceps.

Terry’s original championship trophy tattoo became a source of controversy when it was revealed he got the tattoo before the 2010-2011 NBA season began. At that point he hadn’t won an NBA championship, and he promised to get it removed if the Mavericks didn’t win the title.

As fate would have it, Dallas rallied to beat Miami in the NBA Finals, making the tattoo decision look prescient. Celtics fans are hoping the new ink will result in the same outcome.

As an interesting note, the Celtics’ leprechaun logo was actually designed by Red Auerbach’s brother Zang in the early ’50s.