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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: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:14 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?


Actually,LeBron doesn't need 2 hold him for 7 games.All he needs is 2 more and win.

And as far as portland having better defense, MEN LIE,WOMEN LIE,NUMBERS DON'T!!!



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:11 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Ohhh, and FYI, all players in the NBA flop when given the chance.  It would be retarded for them not too since it is part of the game atm.  You just have some blinders on that distort your view or you are just riding the coattails of haters that grasp at straws.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:11 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

If he is hoping to get his own swagger back through this, he better hope the Heat dont see this as a challenge. If so, they are confident and will make sure to prove everything he said wrong. He didn't make Dallas look any better in anythng he said and really didnt provide any tiny bit of motivation for his team...If this is for his own purposes, he better hope it works and that the Heat don't try to prove him wrong. Whether or not if Terry gets motivated, If the Heat get going because of this, No one, including a "motivated" Terry will be able to stop them.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:10 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

I haven't seen Stevenson flop or beg for calls in this series like I have Wade and James. It just goes to show you that Miami wouldn't be up 2-1 if they didn't act like babies on the court



Well, that's probably because Stevenson doesn't
A:  Touch the ball that often
and
B: Doesn't do what Wade and James can do.

Remember this stat though, the Mavs average more trips to the FT line than the Heat this series so far and the Mavs have about 15 more FT's than the Heat.

There goes your theory of not being up 2-1. 



Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:03 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

YOUR SO TOUGH !!!!!!! looooooool




Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:01 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

I haven't seen Stevenson flop or beg for calls in this series like I have Wade and James. It just goes to show you that Miami wouldn't be up 2-1 if they didn't act like babies on the court.



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:01 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

I've officially seen it all - A cHeat fan complaining about not getting calls.

Wow. 



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:59 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

When you get out of your parents basement then you can run your mouth, so until then shut the f*ck up.

Your team is the biggest bunch of pansy floppers on the planet.  SheWade is a pansy flopping bastard - I guess they teach that down in South Florida when you join the Heat. 

Play real basketball pansy a*s cHeat punks!!

And why don't you come on down to Texas and give me a ring when you get here tough guy. 



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:59 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Boy did Jason Terry just poke the bear with a stick. Adding this to the retarded question by Gregg Doyel and LeBron James should be primed pretty well for tonight's game.

Maybe when Jason Terry hits A SINGLE SHOT in the 4th quarter with James guarding him, he can open up his mouth. Looks more like he is going to have to get that NBA Trophy tattoo that he foolishly got on his bicep before the series lasered off. That's gonna hurt. Nothing like self-inflicting insult to injury.



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:55 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Yep, they'll flop all the way to an NBA Title!


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