Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  23 responses

Dirk Nowitzki: Jason Terry Hasn’t Been ‘Clutch’ in NBA Finals

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Jason Terry has made headlines through the championship round’s first three games for all the wrong reasons.

There’s the ridiculous tattoo; Terry got mad at Miami’s on-court celebrations despite his own nightly antics; LeBron James’ defense has turned the Mavs’ number two option on the offensive end into a virtual non-factor; and now teammate Dirk Nowitzki is calling him out prior to an absolute must-win Game 4.

Truthfully, Dirk needs better support from the entire cast, but he had pointed words specifically for Jason Terry, admitting that the shooting guard has come up short so far on the biggest of stages.

The Star-Telegram reports:

After averaging 93.3 points in the first round against Portland, 102.3 points in the second round against the Los Angeles Lakers, and 105.2 points in the third round against Oklahoma City, the Mavericks are only averaging 88.1 points in the first three games against Miami. The heat is on Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, J.J. Barea, Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd to find a way to be other viable scoring options. The obvious No. 1 option is Terry, who is averaging 14.3 points and is hitting 38.2 percent of his shots in this series.

“We have to find a way to get Jet some freedom and get him off some movement, and he’s got to make some shots for us,” said Nowitzki, who is also averaging 10 rebounds against the Heat. “He’s a big reason why we’re here, because he’s one of the great fourth-quarter players we have in this league, but they’ve been able to really take that away … Jet hasn’t really been a crunch-time, clutch player for us the way we need him to.”

Jason Terry acknowledges that he has to play a whole lot better the rest of the way, and feels confident that LeBron won’t continue to defend him as well as he has so far late in games:

“They know to take me out of the fourth quarter, which they didn’t do in Game 2,” Terry said of the Heat’s choice to turn to James defensively, “then they got a good chance.” Added Terry: “Let’s see if [James] can defend me like that for seven games … I had two opportunities,” Terry said. “One in the corner for 3, LeBron closed out. The other one in the right corner, LeBron closed out again, didn’t get enough air under it. Hey, it happens. If I get those same shots in Game 4, I bet I make them.”

Jason Terry has said plenty so far in these NBA Finals. Beginning tonight with Game 4, he needs to start backing it up, or else the Dallas Mavericks’ summer vacation will start much earlier than they’d hoped.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    You only have three more games to worry about Jet.

  • Fat Lever

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that if Lebron was able to slow down D Rose, he’s not going to have much of a problem with you, Jason. Just a hunch.

  • ramo

    true,also drazen petrovic died on this day 18 years ago,rip

  • Anthony

    you cant be cluth with lebron guarding you… Unless your Kobe, Dwade Melo .OR Paul Pierce

  • skie

    or dirk…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Better get that tat removed jet.

  • http://bugmarley.com Bug Marley

    Jet’s are known to be noisy…

  • http://bugmarley.com Bug Marley

    Jets are known to be noisy…

  • EtheKnickFan

    Jason Terryfied.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Mister Shot Selectionnnnnnn, ladies and Gents.
    How do we know how misguided this guy is?
    He doesn’t even recognize that his last contested 3pt attempt sucked the air outta the Mavs momentum late in the game.
    Instead he’s on some bravado nonsense that Bron will read and use to utterly humiliate him next game. This guy is generating
    true hatred in me, something i do not like to feel towards spoilt millionaire athletes, cause they don’t deserve such strong emotions.
    A true moron if i ever saw one. The one thing he’s counted on to do well and for the 3rd or 4th year in a row, can’t shoot when the pressure is on.
    Needs to leave the team, no matter the outcome of the series.

  • EtheKnickFan

    Now he can get a jackass tat on his other arm.

  • EtheKnickFan

    Oh yeah RIP Petroooooooo.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    That was probably the nicest way a star could have said that about a role player that I’ve ever seen. And that is probably the dumbest way a role player could have responded.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lights out

    a player calling out a teammate is always a good thing providing that the teammate knows how to respond, which i think jason terry does. i don’t get all the terry hate lately. so he got a stupid tattoo (only stupid if they lose, btw) and he hasn’t player particularly well in the finals (yet). to me, he’s always been a fun player to watch, and he seems like a team first guy who knows his role.

  • T-Money

    Could you imagine if Bron had said that CB had not been clutch or something. The internet would have broke down.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I thought the same thing but decided against typing it.

  • fruizm

    like i said before….who does this guy think he is lately???…

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lights out

    @t-money: i know what you mean, people look for any reason to jump on bron, but i personally would’ve been fine with that. again, players holding each other accountable is a good thing to me.

  • barnabusb

    Jason Terry had plenty of good looks but just bricked them all. Hopefully he can make a few tonight.

  • UND EINE !

    R.I.P DRAZEN .He was ill & gametime !

  • http://www.slamonline.com house

    wow 18 years already? damn I’m ancient. RIP Petro

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nooo! That corner 3 was the absolute worst shot you could possibly take with the game tied. If you get shots like that, don’t take them in the first place–pass the ball back to Dirk! My goodness…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    “I’m not really worried about it. I didn’t call him out. I was just stating a fact. He knows he had zero points in [the fourth quarters of] Game 1 and Game 3. He knows that’s not going to cut it.”

    I don’t have a problem with these comments, but I would think that all the people who co-signed Daniel Gibson about how LeBron wasn’t great because he said his teammates didn’t perform would be on here complaining about Dirk. Strangely, they are not.