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Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:38 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 5:51 am
 
Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry wonders whether LeBron James can guard him for an entire series. Posted by Ben Golliver. jason-terry-speech

As the intensity of the 2011 NBA Finals continues to ratchet up, so too do the one-liners and trash talk. 

First, on Saturday, it was Miami Heat forward LeBron James stating that Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion can't guard him alone. Then, on Sunday, it was CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel writing that James was shrinking in the fourth quarters, prompting a retort from James.

On Monday, the Mavericks fired some shots of their own. CBSSports.com's Matt Moore reported that guard DeShawn Stevenson called the Heat "actors."

Mavericks guard Jason Terry joined the fray in a major way, calling out Miami's defense as a whole and questioning whether James can hang as well.

ESPNDallas.com quoted Terry taking a swipe at Miami's team defense.
Terry still seems hesitant to give too much credit to the Heat, even going so far as to say the Portland Trail Blazers were better on defense in the first-round series than Miami has been in the Finals.

"Portland, by far, has the best D," said Terry, who added that the Heat has a "great scheme" that is "working for them thus far this series."

The Palm Beach Post reported that Terry then took a shot at James, wondering whether the All-Star could continue to be effective against him throughout the course of a series.

Terry is shooting just 38.2 percent, and hasn't made a shot when LeBron James has been guarding him in the fourth quarter. 

"I'm welcoming the challenge," Terry said of James. "We're going to see if he can do it for seven games."

Neither the raw numbers nor the efficiency numbers offer much support to Terry's claims.

The Mavericks as a team are averaging 88.3 points per game in the Finals, down 3.5 points from their average of 91.8 points per game against the Blazers. Terry is averaging 14.3 points against the Heat, down three full points from his 17.3 points per game average against the Blazers. 

During the regular season, the Heat were ranked No. 5 in defensive efficiency while the Blazers were ranked No. 14. In the postseason, Miami has improved to No. 2 while the Blazers ranked No. 15 out of 16 playoff teams.

Chalk this up to desperate false bravado from Terry. If he truly believes Portland played better defense than Miami, he's insane. If he's trying to play mind games, he clearly overplayed his hand to the point that no one can take him seriously. 

The only possible saving grace? Some players, Terry included, find motivation in verbalizing criticism of their opponents. This could all just be a complicated way for Terry to get his swagger back. He clearly needs to find it, and soon, or the Mavericks could be facing elimination.
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Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:05 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Gotta go with Gator here. Haslem did everything he could do on that shot. That Drik still got a clean look shows you the player HE is. But that does not take away one bit from what Haslem did.

Product, I never said that a 3 ppg difference made one team dominating and one non-existing. I called both Dallas' and Miami's defense good. Clearly Dallas stepped it up in the playoffs and defense is what got the Heat here. I think the Heat has shown more of a propensity to do it all year than Dallas has but good on Dallas for them figuring it out and getting to the Finals!





Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:02 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

There was a time early in ' NFL career when he was benched for Doug Flutie. It happened in 2003, his third year in the league, back in San Diego when he played for head coach Marty Schottenheimer. Two years later, Brees injured his throwing shoulder during a meaningless late-season game, a few months after that he was a free agent with an uncertain future, and by 2006 he was the ' starting quarterback.

And now Brees has broken Dan Marino's single-season passing record. He needed 305 yards to reach the 5,085-yard milestone, one more than Marino had for the entire 1984 season.

Brees became the official record holder in the fourth quarter of Monday night's Week 16 game against the . It came on a second-down play from the Falcons' 9-yard line. Fittingly, it was a touchdown pass, Brees' fourth of the game, and it gave New Orleans a  lead. The game was stopped temporarily to honor Brees' accomplishment. A New Orleans victory . (They'll earn the No. 2 seed in the NFC with a victory next Sunday and a loss by the .)

This isn't the first time Brees has made a run at Marino. He finished 2008 with 5,069 yards, 15 yards shy of Marino's record.

"We talked about it after the '08 season," Brees said last week according to . "And at the time it was kind of just like, OK, we made our run at it, and the chances of that happening again are probably really, really slim."

Saints head coach Sean Payton was asked if Marino's longstanding record was a surprise.

"I don't know that anything really surprises you," . "Our game has evolved. I think you're seeing very good quarterback play, which is exciting. I think you're seeing over the last 20 years colleges who throw the ball much more effectively; all the way to the high school level, and that's carried over to our game in a number of ways. Typically, I think, these records in our league all get broken, and some of them just have a longer shelf life than others."

Coming into Monday night, Brees averaged 341 passing yards, 2.6 touchdowns and 0.8 interceptions per game this season. He's failed to throw for at least 300 yards just three times. Prior to his arrival, New Orleans was coming off a 3-13 season and the city and region were still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Since 2006, the Saints are 55-39 (.585 winning percentage), have made three playoff appearances (four if you include this season), and won the Super Bowl in 2009.

Marino was 23 years old when broke Dan Fouts' record (4,802 set in 1981). He threw 48 touchdowns and 17 interceptions that year, and led the to the Super Bowl where they lost to the 49ers, 38-16.




Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

What Jason Terry said was not only GENIUS, it was true.

Mavs won 3 straight EVEN with the games rigged against them and


THE DALLAS MAVERICKS 2010 NBA CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD............HOW SWEET IT IS.

 LEBRON WHO?


HOW ABOUT THAT DAGGER JASON TERRY BURIED FOR 3PTS W/33.3 SECONDS LEFT TO GO, OVER LEBRON JAMES!!!!!?

THAT'S A BIG F-U FROM THE LORD OF HOSTS TO ALL MASTER MASONS.

MY PRAYERS ARE POWERFUL. JESUS CRHIST IS LORD.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Gotta go with Gator here. Haslem did everything he could do on that shot. That Drik still got a clean look shows you the player HE is. But that does not take away one bit from what Haslem did.

Product, I never said that a 3 ppg difference made one team dominating and one non-existing. I called both Dallas' and Miami's defense good. Clearly Dallas stepped it up in the playoffs and defense is what got the Heat here. I think the Heat has shown more of a propensity to do it all year than Dallas has but good on Dallas for them figuring it out and getting to the Finals!



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Gator, don't be that guy. It was a figure of speech. Anyone that's been watching him play for more than 10 minutes knows he makes that shot more often than not -- A LOT more often than not. He makes one legged bank shot fade aways like layups and you're telling me UD made him uncomfortable and take a bad shot. Yeh, ok. "He's in range as soon as the bus pulls in to the arena". 



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:57 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

I can respect your response, but what I strongly disagree on is Udonis on Dirk in the last 4 seconds of Game 3. Like Charles Barkley said earlier in the Playoffs, "it's like shooting over a chair". That was the shot Dirk wanted, a shot he makes 99 out of 100 times with that same defense on him. He just missed. He got the shot off in rhytm and UD was not even close to contesting it.
First of all, Dirk would not make that shot 99 out of 100 times if he were the only one on the court. Dirk likes to go to his right and UD stopped him from doing that. No one is going to block Dirk's shot. It is just a matter of making him take a more difficult shot and UD accomplished that.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

I can respect your response, but what I strongly disagree on is Udonis on Dirk in the last 4 seconds of Game 3. Like Charles Barkley said earlier in the Playoffs, "it's like shooting over a chair". That was the shot Dirk wanted, a shot he makes 99 out of 100 times with that same defense on him. He just missed. He got the shot off in rhytm and UD was not even close to contesting it. 


Yes, 3 ppg has been the difference in winning and losing, but a 3 ppg difference doesn't separate a "dominating" defense from a non-existing defense. I don't buy that for a second. And again, Dallas' turnovers for the most part are unforced, but "they" have to find ways to justify the label they've given Miami's defense. Hell, Dallas is only 1 series removed from being "soft". "They" rode that tired, outdated, unjustified label into the ground as far as they could run it.

 
I look forward to a good game from my guys in Dallas tonight.  



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Stifling defense is a ton of things. For instance, if you double teamed Dirk and forced Jason Kidd to take at 17 foot open jumpshot, you win. Jason Kidd can't shoot unless it's a three pointer or a lay-up. If you put a body on Dirk Nowitzki and make him take a contested jumpshot versus running at him from five feet you've played the best D on him that you possibly can. Udonis Haslem did this excellently on the final shot of game 3. Diving for loose balls, taking that extra move to force an extra dribble...stifling D is a ton of things.

Dallas did an outstanding job against LA defensively. They aren't doing a bad job against Miami, either. The problem (for Dallas) is Miami plays better ugly than Dallas does.

And if you think a difference in 3 points a game isn't a lot, well...ask Dallas if they would have wanted 3 more points in game 3. Ask Miami if they would have wanted 3 more points in game 2.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Lol @ "Dallas has not been stifled like this all playoffs."  Jesus christ when will you people stop using that word -- "stifled". No one called Dallas' defense "stifling" when they held the Lakers to about the same average. Stifling defense is 24 second violations and wild shots. I don't see much of that here. I see lots of unforced turnovers and missed open shots. 


One team plays no defense at all, while the other is a "defensive juggernaut" --- yet the difference in ppg is only 3. Smh. People are ridiculous. 



Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Or Dallas could take acting classes


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