The Celtics bench continued to show signs that order was being restored to the group with the return of Avery Bradley to the starting lineup, and last night the player the team brought in to be the ultimate scorer for the second unit decided to join the party. Jason Terry awoke from a slump that has dogged him since the calendar flipped to 2013 with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting in nearly 28 minutes in the Celtics' 87-79 victory over the Phoenix Suns at the Garden. Terry, who ended 2012 with a 20-point outburst in a loss in Sacramento to the Kings, hasn't really been a factor for the Celtics as they have climbed out of the grave with the most recent four-game winning streak. The play of the bench overall, however, has been a positive as the C's climbed back to, and then over, the .500 mark. "We have to gain the confidence of our coach and the rest of our team," Terry said. "We haven't been together as a unit all season. .?.?. This is a stretch where we have our team intact. We are healthy and we have the units that need to play together in games and gain some chemistry. That's what it is about for us in this stretch." In his four previous contests, Terry shot a paltry 25.8 percent (8-of-28) from the field and didn't have more than three successful field goals in any of the games. Against the Suns, he quickly got off to a hot start. Terry entered the game in the first quarter and hit his first two jump shots, a 17-footer and a 21-footer, when the starters were struggling to string together buckets.
For Jason Terry, there's no substitute for success
Boston Herald | Jan 10