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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: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:57 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

 Can't call the series over yet, Jetiii. When the last 2 games have been decided by a grand total of 4 points, we may be asking for one hell of a 6-7 game set. We could only be so fortunate.



Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:51 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

 Terry, please step up your game before you talk... Dirk is even getting frustrated with you not scoring, so don't worry about Lebron.



Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 2:06 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Jason Terry must be "out of his mind". First and foremost, it's quite likely the series will not even get to a game 7. But, more importantly,
I would'nt be adding fuel to the fire if I were Terry. I'm not taking anything away from Dallas, but outside of a total meltdown in the 2nd game of the Finals by Miami in the 4th quarter, settling for jump shots only to miss them with the help of some great defensive play Dallas,
Terry and the Mavs could have been looking at an "elimination game" tomorrow night. Terry is not half the player that MVP Derrick Rose is
for the Bulls and Rose said LeBron gave him all that he could handle and some !!! Dream on Terry, it's called "scoreboard" baby and right
it's Miami leading two games to one. Win three more games and then pop off, but that is just wishful thinking. The series is over !!!    



Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:41 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Yes, he can.



Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:20 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

If the heat keep hitting phantom three pointers they probably will win the series. Lebron is a great defender, but once again failed in the fourth quater of game three. He is a choke artist.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:53 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Terry is averaging 14.3 points against the Mavericks...

Really? I thought he played for the Mavs... oh well, you're the expert.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:39 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Jason, meet rock.  Rock, meet Terry.  Terry, crawl under rock. 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:29 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

lol @ the Lebron love fest on here.



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:17 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Yes, Jason Terry. LeBron James will not only guard you and make you his pawn for the rest of the series like he did to D-Rose and Paul Pierce, but he will completely shut you down. Why would anyone, including yourself, Jason, who quite frankly.. aren't even that good, fuel more fire to a guy who is already playing against the world. Just a silly statement man, and the heat defense, idc if you play basketball, i watch it and the Blazers aren't even remotely close to the defensive masterminds the heat have been and are. good night jason terry, and good night dallas.. heat in 5



Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:15 am
 

Terry: Can LeBron guard me for a whole series?

Are you serious bro? LeBron could guard you for a whole season....In his sleep! and that's not a cheap shot at Terry. Jason Terry is a great player. LeBron is just too good of a defender. There's a reason why J Terry hasn't been clutch so far in the finals and his name is LeBron James!


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