After Terry’s performance last night against the Nuggets, it made me wonder – will JET Airlines ever have a successful trip outside of DFW?
In the Dallas Mavericks 105-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets last night, a lot of things went right. Dallas had another big night from the big German (25 points and 9 rebounds), Roddy-B and Wright provided 23 points off the bench, and Carter (17 points, eight assists) and West (nine points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals) continued to provide the energy this team needs from both of them.
Jason Terry, however, didn’t play like he does when he steps onto his home turf. He ended the night shooting 1-9 from the field (including 0-5 from behind the arc) giving him a total of only five points.
Road games have never been a problem for Terry throughout his career. No matter what court he has played on, JET has been one of the most consistent Mavs the past eight seasons.
This shortened NBA season has proven to be different for the 12-year veteran. While averaging a solid 17.5 points and 52% shooting at the American Airlines Center, his numbers drop down to 11.6 points and 33.6% shooting on the road. He has delivered 18 points or more seven times at home but has failed to accomplish this feat on an opponent’s court.
This disparity doesn’t seem to worry Terry.
“It’ll balance out, Terry said last night. “I’m not even worried. The only thing that matters right now is W’s anyway. It happens.”
I can agree with Terry about the wins to a certain extent. However, if the Mavs expect to succeed into late spring, they will need him to play well on the road since the Mavs bank on being successful away from Dallas – just look at last year’s playoff run when they went 6-1 on the road after the first round of the playoffs.
The Mavericks statistically have the best bench in the league and Terry is the head of this deadly snake. They need him to come into the game every night draining those pull-up jumpers.
Based off of another Terry comment, Dirk must have the same perspective as me in regards to Terry’s road play.
“Dirk’s on me,” Terry said. “That’s the good think. When the big boy says something, then I usually answer the call, so hopefully against Minnesota, I’ll break out.”
If last year’s NBA Finals are any representation of how Terry reacts to Dirk harping on him, Terry will have some great road games ahead of him. After Dirk called out Terry for his performance in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, JET went on to have eight big-time points in the fourth quarter of the Game 4 comeback win only to follow that up with two straight 20+ point performances.
Already collecting two losses to Minnesota Timberwolves this season, the Mavs will need Terry to imagine himself in a white jersey on Friday.
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