Terry Says Time is Now To 'Make Good'
NEW YORK – It’s no secret that Jason Terry has struggled in his first season with the Boston Celtics. Terry admits as much, but he claims that now is the time for him to make up for his underwhelming regular season.
Boston’s candid guard has never lacked confidence. He has always claimed that he is at his best when the lights are shining bright and the pressure is on. Well, such will be the case at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the World’s Most Famous Arena, as the C’s begin their postseason against the New York Knicks.
This, as Terry notes, is the perfect opportunity for him to put his regular season in the rearview mirror and deliver on his lofty preseason goals.
“That’s all I’m thinking about: make good,” Terry said. “Make good on your promise and do what they brought you here to do, and that’s to help bring a championship, the 18th banner, to Boston, and play at a high level.”
Terry, whose average of 10.1 points per game this season was his lowest since his rookie season, won’t shy away from the fact that he hasn’t played at a high level during his first campaign with Boston.
“I haven’t done that all season,” he said. “But hey, the playoffs is a new season and everybody knows it.”
A true optimist, isn’t he?
Some might believe that Terry’s optimism will be fruitless in the end, but No. 4 has good reason for his beliefs. Terry has not played in a game in a full week, which has allowed him to recharge his batteries in more ways than one.
“I feel fresh. I feel good,” Terry said. “My mind, more importantly, is in a great place.”
Terry’s most interesting comment of the day came as he described why his mind is in a great place. Film study helped to clear his mind, but rather of focusing his studies on the Knicks, Terry turned on tapes of himself.
“I’ve been watching tons of film on myself, in past playoff series, even going back to ’06,” commented Terry. “So mentally I’m where I need to be, and spiritually I’m there, and physically I’m as good as I’m going to be. So those three forces all working in conjunction? I’m in a great place.”
Terry declined to make any proclamations as to how much his he’ll improve with that healthy state of mind. He did, however, tell the media that he will have an update on that subject in the very near future.
“I’ll let you know after Game 1 if it works or not,” Terry said with a smile.
It would be a great sign if he can show off that smile tomorrow while he gives us that update.