Jason Terry has struggled mightily so far for the Boston Celtics during this young season. Wednesday night’s performance against the Washington Wizards offered Celtics fans some hope as perhaps he is ready to break out of his minor slump that has plagued him these past four games.
Terry is averaging only about 10 points per game this season, far below the career 16 points per game he has averaged during his tenure in the NBA. The Celtics certainly felt they were getting the latter statistics this season and have to be hoping that Terry gets going real soon. Terry is their clear three point threat and they absolutely need him to replace the production Ray Allen provided the team during his time with the Celtics. Paul Pierce, Courtney Lee, and Leandro Barbosa are all capable three point shooters, but they aren’t nearly as consistent as Terry has proven to be.
Terry had a nice game Wednesday night against Washington, scoring 16 points on 7 of 15 shooting, and 2 of 5 from three point range. The point total obviously matches up beautifully with his career total and this is perhaps a sign of good things to come. If it isn’t, and he continues to struggle, the Celtics in turn will continue to lose ball games. Terry was signed in particular to help cure scoring woes from the bench, which clearly set this team back last year when Kevin Garnett would exit the floor and the team’s play would immediately decline. Allen never enjoyed coming off the bench and that clearly affected his play, along with a bum ankle that plagued him over the course of the second half of the season.
Terry is an important piece to the 2012-2013 Celtics season and the team needs his play to pick up sooner rather than later.
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