The former Sixth Man of the Year recently saw one stat he
took seriously, though. A week before opening his first training camp with the
Boston Celtics, Terry was told exactly how many points the Celtics bench scored
in their Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat in last season's Eastern Conference
The final point tally for all of Boston's nonstarting
players in that game: Two. Deuce. Dos. Zwei. More than one, but less than
three. Two measly points by Ryan Hollins — who is no longer with the team.
"When that stat was thrown out to me a week ago, I was
embarrassed," Terry said. "I was disappointed. They said in Game 7
the bench scored two points. That's unacceptable and it won't happen while I'm
Terry has made several audacious pronouncements since he
signed with the Celtics — most noticeably getting a tattoo on his inner left
biceps of the Celtics logo twirling the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy —
but this one should be the most comforting to his new employers. Injuries
sacked the Celtics' depth last season, and it was shocking to see those
injuries befall so many players in their 20s and not the elder statesmen in
The loss of Jeff Green before the season and Avery Bradley
midway through the playoffs decimated the team's depth, and the list of players
who started but did not finish the season for the Celtics included Chris Wilcox
and Jermaine O'Neal. When swingman Mickael Pietrus' shooting touch disappeared
in the postseason, the Celtics' scoring options became even more severely
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge
aggressively sought to add depth on the wings and in the post, even before he
was sure whether or not Kevin Garnett would return for an 18th season. Terry decided
right away to join the Celtics when he received a call from Doc Rivers on the
first day of free agency, and Green, Wilcox and Brandon Bass expressed desires
to return to Boston well before they officially signed. After Garnett agreed to
a three-year contract, the Celtics executed a surprise sign-and-trade to land
Courtney Lee, who is expected to start at shooting guard while Bradley recovers
from two shoulder surgeries.
Terry is more vocal, but Lee's versatility in the Celtics'
schemes should not be overlooked. Lee has been a valuable spot-up 3-point
shooter and occasionally a tough defender in the past, and the Celtics could
even utilize the 6-foot-5 Western Kentucky product as a super-small small
forward in lineups with Rajon Rondo and either Terry or Bradley.
"We can be explosive," Lee said. "We've got a
lot of different combinations Doc can throw out there. We can play small ball,
and go big at the same time."
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