Blog Entry

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
Hate Boston&LA
Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:14 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:12 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

i agree with deshawn stevenson the heat are actors bosh was poked in the eye and was down on the floor holding his eye got back up and then went back down to the floor for an EYE INJURY! The heat are stupid actors. without the help of the officials they would not be in the finals.



Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:11 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Hillarious.  Terry is a good player but COME ON MAN....he's not that good.   



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:09 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Rooting for the Mavs the whole way....but d@mn Terry, SHUT YOUR MOUTH!!! He's been having a horrible series and has no right to be spouting anything....Just give LeBron more of a reason to go off....smh.


Hate Boston&LA
Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:08 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:01 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

I guess Terry doesn't realize you have to do some first before you can trashtalk. That guy has done nothing and is one of the main reasons Dallas is having a hard time in this series. Time to shut up and put up.



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:55 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Portland had the best D, so you have to suck a lot to be loosing to this heat team. Jason terry=idiot



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:49 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

What team played better defense, IN HIS OPINION, isn't determined by stats. What stat measures how hard or quickly the other team ran through a screen? What stat measures how closely they contested a jumper? What stat measures how well the other team played ball denial? What stat measures how physical a defense was against you? See what I'm getting at. If you're not on the court playing, you have no idea which defense makes a player more uncomfortable and makes them work harder. That's something a fan, writer, blogger, reporter, etc will never know. 

 



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:43 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Said the same thing that I said when LeBron did this.  Shut up!  Each team is putting up bulletin board material.  Phil Jackson never called out another teams players.  He would say stuff about his guys or the refs.  If he did say something it was not like we are better or this kind of garbage.  At the end of the day which ever team loses will look at this stupid comments and point fingers at some idiot.



Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:33 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Terry is going to get another tattoo after this series.  It will be Lebron holding up that trophy he had tattooed.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com