“I’ve been making a living off shots like that my entire career. I’m never scared of the moment. My coach always told me, ‘You’ve got big balls to take a shot when you’re the only sophomore on the team and we’ve got all seniors,’” Terry recalled. “It basically ended their careers, but it gave me confidence in mine for the rest of my time. Sometimes through your biggest failures, you [achieve] your greatest successes,” he said. “That’s just the way I’ve been bred. You hate for games to come down to situations like that, but I love it.” –Jason Terry to WEEI
Jason Terry certainly has hit no shortage of daggers late in games, during his tenure with the Dallas Mavericks as one of the best sixth men in league history. He steps up and relishes the moment, and he’s continuing to take those shots in Boston.
Terry knows that not all, in fact not even most, of those late game daggers are going to hit the bottom of the net, but the fact he isn’t afraid to take them is encouraging and refreshing, in a league where many superstars shy away from making big plays late in games…for fear of being the goat (and I don’t mean G.O.A.T. – Greatest of All Time).
On a team that features a number of veterans like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett who also cherish the role of being a closer, having one more coming off the bench is just a luxury. But it’s a luxury Doc Rivers is certainly glad to have.