Jason Terry Unhappy With Crunch Time Minutes

by March 09, 2012

Jason Terry barely played in the fourth quarter last night, and he was especially upset with being on the bench with the game on the line. Here’s what Terry told the media following the Mavericks’ loss to the Phoenix Suns, per the Dallas Morning News: “So when he played less than three minutes in the fourth quarter against the Suns Thursday night and was not on the court for the possible game-tying (or winning) shot, Terry was understandably ticked off. ‘What do you think my thoughts are about not being on the court? Are you kidding me?’ Terry said when asked about the move of Rick Carlisle. ‘You know how I feel if I’m not on the court when it’s time to win the game. I can’t check myself in and out of games. You got to ask the person that didn’t have me in the game. Ask him his thoughts. What I think don’t matter, really. I’m not trying to be a smart aleck. I’m just telling you the situation. I root my teammates on and wish we could have come out with the victory. It didn’t happen.’ Carlisle repeated several times that it was a coach’s decision. Terry played only 2 minutes, 47 seconds of the fourth quarter when the Mavericks shot 8-of-25 from the field. Carlisle went with Roddy Beaubois and Vince Carter. Carter was having one of his best all-around games of the season. Beaubois finished 2-of-9 from the field and got both of the shots in the final 15 seconds when the Mavericks were trying to force overtime.”