An interrogation, according to Celtics [team stats] coach Doc Rivers, was planned for either last night or today. Jason Terry, the former Maverick, was going to be debriefed prior to Dallas' annual Garden visit tonight.

Only the naked light bulb was likely missing. But tonight's game probably doesn't carry as much significance for Terry as you might think.

Now, if the Celtics were playing his teammates from Dallas' 2011 NBA championship team, that would carry weight. But with Dirk Nowitzki out injured, and just about everyone else in other uniforms, Terry won't sweat it.

"They have the same team name, but they're not the same team," Terry said after yesterday's practice. "Last year wasn't the same team, or we'd still be there. But it's a completely different ballclub. Dirk's not in uniform. Shawn Marion (groin) may not be out there. Those are the guys I won the championship with and they're not there. Definitely a different team with the same name. (Coach Rick) Carlisle will be on the sideline. That will be emotional for me. I'll go up and give him a big hug. I definitely miss him. He's a good friend, one of the greatest coaches I've ever played for. But anything other than that .?.?. maybe if Tyson Chandler was over there, or Jason Kidd was over there, it would be extra special. But honestly it's really not.

"I haven't seen (Mavericks owner Mark Cuban) in a long time, and that will put a smile on my face. Dirk, Sean Marion, coach Carlisle — they're still all good friends of mine."

Terry does have regret, however veiled it might be. The Mavericks had a good thing going in 2011, before management started to shed bodies in anticipation of a new era in the form of Dwight Howard and Deron Williams. Neither Howard nor Williams wound up with the team, however, leaving Dallas to wait longer for that new era.