Jason Terry couldn't imagine his season ending on April 28. It was too early. April? No, that didn't sit well with him. He had inked a Celtics championship tattoo on his arm with the intention of playing deep into the postseason. Facing an 0-3 deficit in the first round of the playoffs to the New York Knicks, Terry channeled another clutch performance like he has exhibited so many times over the years to help propel the Celtics to a 97-90 overtime win in Game 4. "I’m going to coach AAU, but I don’t want to do that right now," he joked following the win. Terry played nearly 41 minutes, and it is what he did in the final five that helped save his team from elimination. Once overtime arrived, JET (Terry's nickname) was ready for takeoff. "He was great," Doc Rivers said. "That's what he does. He's made so many big shots in his career." Terry shot a perfect 3-for-3 in OT, including a trey to give the Celtics a 91-88 lead, one which they did not surrender. He drew a foul on Steve Novak with 20.4 seconds left, iced a pair of free throws, and closed out the game with a fastbreak layup. Terry finished the game with 18 points (7-10 FG, 1-4 threes, 3-3 FT) and four assists. "JET has proved to be a big time performer in big stage situations," said Paul Pierce. "He got to be our X-factor. Guys are going to load up on me, load up on Kevin [Garnett], and he's got to be our X-factor. We depend on him for that." Terry's Game 4 performance is one many have been waiting for all season. The former championship-winner signed with the Celtics last summer and looked to give them a sharpshooting presence off the bench. But he didn't have that same consistency this season and shot 0-for-5 FG (0-4 3PG) to open the playoffs in Game 1.
Terry's big shots in OT save C's season
NBC Sports Boston | Apr 29