There's so much about Jason Terry that Doc Rivers has come to appreciate in a short amount of time, the Celtics [team stats] coach almost doesn't know where to start.

Rivers has compared his new shooting guard to Kevin Garnett in terms of overall presence and influence on his teammates. Defense has never been considered one of Terry's strengths, but he's found a direct path to Rivers' heart with the determined way he has attempted to nail down the Celtics' defensive rotations.

"Every coach should coach Jason Terry at least once," Rivers said after the Celtics' 91-88 loss in Milwaukee on Saturday night. "He's the perfect kid with a perfect heart."

Perhaps Rivers is so effusive because Terry continues to improve on a team that has generally suffered from inconsistency. He had his first double-double as a Celtic on Saturday night with 15 points and 11 assists — the latter a valuable number considering the absence of Rajon Rondo [stats], who returns from his two-game suspension on Wednesday against Minnesota.

Terry has admittedly needed time to find his niche here. He's historically best as a sixth man, but won't have a chance to settle in as leader of the bench until Avery Bradley returns, likely later this month.

"If I'm thrust back into the bench role, I'm ready to do that," he said. "As long as I'm out there."

He also continues to draw some of the toughest individual assignments on the team. Saturday night, that meant chasing Monta Ellis, the Bucks' hyperactive scorer. When an open Brandon Jennings buried the game-winner from the top of the circle, Terry blamed himself for not making the rotation.