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Jason Terry provides even more bulletin board material for LeBron James and the Miami Heat

Mar 23, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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At some point in the postseason, it’s highly possible that the Heat and the Celtics will face each other in a seven-game series. Should that happen, Jason Terry isn’t making things any easier for his teammates.

Terry went on record as saying he was among the Celtics who were unimpressed with the Heat’s long streak of wins, which is still going and is currently at 25 straight games after Miami beat the Pistons on Friday.

LeBron James got more than his fair share of revenge on Terry for those remarks, not only by leading his team to a win over the Celtics, but by destroying Terry on a dunk in the open floor in the process.

Terry is still at it, however, knowing that a potential matchup against the Heat remains on the horizon. He used his championship experience in beating the Heat in the Finals in 2011 as a starting block for his latest round of inflammatory remarks.

From Jerry Spar of WEEI.com:

Terry said his issue is more with the Heat than LeBron. Terry’s Mavericks lost to the Heat in the 2006 NBA finals and got revenge in the 2011 rematch.

“It’s just the Miami Heat,” Terry said. “Is it the red and black? Maybe. I hate that color. I just don’t like them. … It goes back to ’05-06. It doesn’t matter who’s in those Miami Heat uniforms. … [The Mavericks were] up 2-0 and [the Heat] come back and win four straight games and you lose the NBA finals. So, LeBron inherited something bigger than the matchup of he and I. It’s about the Miami Heat and that organization. He picked his poison.

“They put him on me to shut me down in the NBA finals in 2011 and he couldn’t get the job done. Hopefully he’ll have another chance this year in the Eastern Conference finals or wherever we match up. But I’m telling you right now, I love us, I love the way we’re built. We miss Rondo, we miss [JaredSullinger, but with this team we have, we have a chance.”

If you’re a Celtics fan, you have to love the bravado here to an extent. But at a certain point, reality has to step in.

This Heat team features a much more experienced, mature, and devastating version of James, and Terry’s Celtics are simply not at the level his Mavericks were in 2011 when they took down Miami in the Heat’s first season where James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh were all united together playing for the same team.

Part of Boston’s current identity is an “us against the world” mentality, where the team will use anything as motivation to band together and fight to the death against even the mightiest of opponents. But irritating a Miami team that’s stacked with talent that’s both younger and more plentiful doesn’t seem like the best idea, and these comments will likely only serve to fuel Miami’s championship fire even further in the event these two teams end up meeting in a postseason series.

  1. miamatt - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    LeBron James to Jason Terry: Shut your mouth and finish shining my shoes already.

  2. paulhargis53 - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    If that’s all you had to say, why did you even ponder posting?

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Eastern conference finals? More likely it’ll be the first round 1 vs 8.

  4. michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Before you get too excited, Terry, let’s remember that you were shut down by Derek Fisher in the 2012 playoffs. You were maybe the fourth most valuable player on a finals team that seems like a distant memory now.

  5. progress2011 - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Jason OBVIOUSLY is suffering from the concussion he obtained, when he was knocked flat on his back….

    from the LBJ BEAST-MODE Dunk on him !!!! ahahaha

    • hickoryhigh - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      It was a nice dunk by LeBron, but don’t act like dunking over Terry is some kind of accomplishment for LBJ. Him dunking over Terry is like Terry dunking over a 3rd grader; the size/strength difference is just too much. LBJ is half a foot taller and 70 pounds of muscle heavier. If LeBron does that dunk over an NBA sized player then I’ll call it BEAST-MODE.

      • mannyfresh209 - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        Terry isn’t an NBA-sized player? What does that even mean? If you sit there telling yourself that LeBron wouldn’t have dunked over ANYBODY that was there, in the same fashion, youre lying to yourself lol.

        The fact that it was over Terry, makes it that much sweeter for LeBron, and anybody who sides with LeBron in the Terry-vs-LeBron rivalry.

      • hickoryhigh - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        manny, the average size of an NBA player is about 6’7″ and 220 lbs. Terry is 6’2″, 180; which is smaller than I was when I was the starting 3 guard on my JV team. So yeah, Terry is very small by NBA standards.

        Yes, LeBron would have thrown down that dunk on anybody that was there, it’s just not a big deal when he does it over a back pedaling Jason Terry who was basically under the basket at that point. LeBron dunking over a 6’2″ guy who didn’t even contest it is not “BEAST MODE”.

        And “Terry-vs-LeBron rivalry” – dude, seriously? The best player on the planet doesn’t have a rivalry with a washed up former 6th man of the year. It’s beneath him.

      • beachsidejames - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        Your right..Terry’s basketball skill compared to Lebron is like that of a 3rd grader. Well put.

  6. nycalldayz - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Brett Pollakoff, in case u didn’t know or haven’t caught on. These two teams dislike each other. I don’t think neither teams fear each other. Just saying.

    • nycalldayz - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      “But irritating a Miami team that’s stacked with talent that’s both younger and more plentiful doesn’t seem like the best idea”. Younger? Aren’t the Heat older from top to bottom. I believe their youngest guys are Chalmers and Cole.

      Brett says,”This Heat team features a much more experienced, mature, and devastating version of James, and Terry’s Celtics are simply not at the level his Mavericks were in 2011 when they took down Miami in the Heat’s first season where James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh”. Obviously this current Celtics roster doesn’t compare to Terry’s ’11 Mavs. But based on how I’ve seen these two teams match up over the years I don’t see a drastic difference the way some in the media pretend to make it. Miami’s biggest mismatch is Lebron. But Lebron can’t beat an entire team by himself.

      The 12′ Celtics were banged up, missing players and had a horrific bench, but still pushed Miami 7gms. I know Heat fans don’t like to hear the truth, but truth be told the Celtics should of won the series, but they choked in game 6 and blew a double-digit lead in game 7.

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        That Celtics team was up on a Heat team without Bosh, he returned and the Celtics didn’t win again. It wasn’t just LeBron, they were banged up, too.

        And the core of the Heat is younger than the core of the Celtics.

      • guyaneserj - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        You’ve also omitted to mention that D Wade was essentially playing on one leg!

      • scalfor3 - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        Kurt: The C’s were dealing with far more injuries than the Heat. Not only were they missing Jeff Green, Wilcox and Bradley (who has proven to be a legit difference maker), but were dealing with major injuries to two of their stars. Pierce was hobbling around out there from the knee tweak in the first round against Atlanta and Ray Allen’s ankle was so bad that he was even missing his free throws. Neither team was 100%, but its ridiculous to just ignore that two of the Celtics top three scorers weren’t right.

      • Kurt Helin - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        Fans of every team use the “if we were healthy” of “if the refs had/hadn’t” and all of it is crap to me. I don’t buy the Boston only lost due to injury thing. Every team is banged up at that point in the season, when the Heat got their guy back the beat you. Simple as that.

      • borderline1988 - Mar 23, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        We could argue these points until the cows come home.

        But let me just state the obvious for you and everyone else who might think the opposite…the Boston Celtics will not beat the Miami Heat in a 7 game playoff series. I don’t care who was more injured last year or who’s older or how tall Jason Terry is compared to Lebron.

  7. realninerfan22 - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    All I gotta say is 2011. Terry out played lbj, pretty much embarrassed lbj… One dunk dont make up for the choak job on the national stage. And o yea member wen jrue holiday dunked on lbj?

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      So true

    • guyaneserj - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      You’ve also omitted to mention that D Wade was essentially playing on one leg!

  8. acdc363 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Dangit Jason would you keep your moith shut! I hate it when people attempt to talk down the defending champions.

  9. rodge1 - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Anyone notice how the less relevant a player becomes the more he talks to the media in an attempt to stay relevant?

  10. scalfor3 - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Also, this article is pretty biased. LeBron shot his mouth about Jet, Jet was asked about it and he responded. These two teams already hate each other and a playoff series between them will be a war, with or without extra “bulletin board material.” I really don’t think KG and Pierce are sitting in the locker room thinking “oh no, now Miami will be mad at us, if only Jet didn’t talk about them”

  11. jm9ulose - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Who cares? Bottom line is the Heat have put the Celtics out of the playoffs 2 consecutive years. Boston without Terry, Boston with Terry, it won’t matter. The end result will be another playoff ousting by Miami, and I’m sure Terry will still say the Celtics are better. Remember, never argue with idiots, they will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Hence the reason I don’t respond to PH53.

  12. spideysdog - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    hickoryhigh, are you Kurt Helins alter ego? that comment is about as. meaningless and useless as most of his posts. Terry is smaller than the average NBA player? ok. he’s a guard. you were bigger on your jv team? ok. he’s a multi million dollar pro with a championship ring. what exactly is your point?

    smack talk drives some people. it drove Michael. it drives Kobe. it drives Terry. Ray Allen will be suiting up for the “evil empire” if these two meet in the playoffs along with the long standing hatred between these two teams and you think comments that the Jet makes in March means anything?

    if the second li.gets winning streak in the history of the league doesn’t prove the focus and desire of the defending champs, I’m not sure what would.

  13. pistolpete0903 - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Tyhe whole ‘bulletin-board’ material is going out of wack….I mean common these are professionals and you expect them to give their best against ALL opponents.

  14. burningbush66 - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Is this the same Jet who gave former teammate Mike Finley a nutshot in the 2006 series vs the Spurs? Other than 2011, he has shot more airballs in big situations than anyone in recent NBA history. This guy has been an overrated punk for his entire career. If he really thinks he can take LBJ one on one he is even more full of it than i thought. He is a career role player who has no ring without Dirk.

  15. pantsfreezone - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    The King’s rebuttal:

    Argument over.

  16. russellbandingo - Mar 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Jason Terry’s hand never got above lebrons head on that dunk.he could have been 7 ft and it would have just made it look worse. I just think it’s funny that LeBron post numbers that a normal NBA star post in a finals and all the sudden it’s called joking for him. yeah he didn’t play is best, but when the team you are playing decides to focus on you and try to shut you down, God forbid his game was stopped a bit. That’s what double and triple teams do. it’s funny how when the heat learned to stop playing to Lebron and start playing through Lebron, they became unstoppable. the bottom line is, that he don’t have tirds like Mike Bibby on their team anymore. Dallas got them the 1 year they could be beaten, and don’t be surprised when LeBron gets to is 6 final as a member of the heat and everybody has to stop with the 6 Rings jokes. every year that move forward is a year away from their salary cap problems, and another year that another veteran wants to pick up a ring.

  17. daubs17 - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    lebron james is queer and so is his following

  18. johnnygsnake - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Terry you were just there at the wrong time it was a by standard …. SORRY for the dunk

  19. doctordunkenstein - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    6 months ago this d bag was campaigning to join the heat. Now he can’t stand them? Stop running ur mouth dumbass…

  20. lemfaxx - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Dallas champ. Ring is because of nowitzki, chandler, kidd, marion & barea. Not Terry…. Helloo

  21. zdubb25 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    If you really think that Terry had nothing to do with Mavs title, you need help

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