Jason Terry spent eight seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, becoming a fan-favorite and being a key contributor to the Mavericks’ 2011 NBA Championship as their sixth man. However, Terry left the Mavs this off-season and was signed by the Boston Celtics. On Friday night he will play his first game back in Dallas since becoming a member of the Celtics.
The Celtics played the Mavericks on Dec. 12 of this season, but that game was played in Boston. Terry didn’t play particularly well in that game, scoring just 10 points on 3-10 shooting from the field and 1-6 shooting from beyond-the-arc. It seems like that’s not going to be the case on Friday, though.
In an interview with ESPN Boston’s Chris Forsberg, Terry said that he was “going to be fired up” playing in Dallas again. He went on to say that it wasn’t only because he was returning to the place that he called home for eight years, but also because this is going to be a big game for both teams. The Mavericks are trying to fight their way into contention for a spot in the playoffs while the Celtics are looking to improve their position in the Eastern Conference standings and possibly claw their way to home-court advantage in the first round.
Terry hasn’t played as prominent of a role in Boston as he did with Dallas with his minutes and shot attempts both dropping from last year. He’s averaging just 10.2 points, 2.6 assists and two rebounds per game for Boston this season, but his shooting percentages have slightly improved from last year with the Mavericks.
With all of that being said, Terry still has the ability to catch fire and take over a game. That’s something that still hasn’t left the 35-year-old even if some things have. This game against the Mavericks isn’t going to be about bitterness. In fact, Dallas still loves Terry. However, there will be a ton of emotion and excitement around the game and it seems like Terry is ready to thrive off of that.