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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.
Comments

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Will the refs call the game a little more for the heat tonight or they will give dallas a 120 to 80 free throw advantage to dallas???




Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Terry you are right , I dont even know why they have lebrond guarding you, james jones injure and all could probably guard you.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Not sure what you're watching but D Wade has been one of the top 10 players since he stepped into the league in 2003 ! I guess you nust be a Dirk fan huh ! Oh yeah Dirk fliops too ! Did you not see the Thunder series when he shot 24 fts ! I mean as good as Jordan was at drawing fouls he never ever went to the line to shoot 24 fts ! Nor did Larry Legend !



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Wade has a ring in case you retards have forgotten and he won it against Dork and the Mavs in 2006 when he single-handedly destroyed Dallas ! Any other aisinine remarks ?



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

LMAO @ Jason ! There's some guys in Rucker Park who would make Jason wish he'd never touched a ball ! LOL !



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Hey Jason, you're a good player not a great one ! Don't be the 2011 version of John Starks when he basically peeved Jordan off and we all know how that turned out don't we Jason ! So far in this series, it's been Wade delivering the big blows while Lebron has been somewhat subdued ! Leave it like it is Jason and you may get a ring but if you get Lebron peeved, I'd get off the court if I were you !



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

LeBron has been all over the floor for this series and every other. Locking down Terry hasn't been just LeBron's job. He has anchored a very impressive Heat defense. Dallas has not been stifled like this all playoffs.

...so naturally people talk about what he's 'not' doing on offense. Like his court vision/unselfishness didn't get Bosh the 18 footer from the corner in Game 3. Or his cross court pass to Chalmers damn near took back game 2. I guess you have to be Jason Kidd to have an assist count as offense.




Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Terry is a second rate hack.. of course James can cover him every game....The Heat will be back again next year.. while the Mavs will just disappear......



Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

The answer:

7 games? Jason you need to win some more games to require guarding for 7 games. 



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

DIRK IS THE BIGGEST EXAGGERATER I HAVE EVER SEEN PLAY THE GAME OF BASKETBALL... HE DOES HIS SLOW MOTION SPIN MOVE HOP ON ONE FOOT KICK HIS LEG OUT LIKE THE KARATE KID FADEAWAY AND STARTS WAVING HIS ARMS AND FLOPPING LIKE A RETARD.... MY GOD ITS ANNOYING AS HELL TO WATCH

hahahaha this is awesome.. currently cracking up from this comment.. but i definately agree, guy looks like a ballerina combined with the karate kid.. good observations


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