In all, it was a disappointing season for Jason Terry. He had two great performances in the playoffs, but those were aberrations. The 35-year-old guard averaged 10.1 points, his lowest figure since his rookie season, when he averaged 8.1.
Terry can talk his way into and out of most anything, but he didn’t try to deny that his year was anything but awful.
He isn’t done yet, though, especially because he has two years left on the deal that he signed in 2012 when the Celtics had him pegged as an outside shooting replacement for Ray Allen.
“I definitely don’t want to retire,” Terry said after the Celtics’ 88-80 season-ending loss to the New York Knicks at TD Garden Friday night. “I’ve got a lot of basketball left in me, man. This is new beginning for me. It’s been a rough year, ups and downs, but for the most part, I’m proud and happy to be a Celtic.”
In terms of next season, Terry said there are still a lot of questions surrounding the team.
But for him, he said, “I’ve got to get back to the Sixth Man of the Year form, if that’s going to be my role. I started off [the season] starting and then I went to the bench. I’ll take the summer to evaluate it, but definitely we’ve got to define my role and make sure it’s the right thing.”
Injuries are a part of the game — of every game — and the Celtics had plenty this season, from season-ending injuries to key players (Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger), to bumps and bruises that limited others (Avery Bradley).
“If I had a wish,” Jeff Green said about next season, “everybody would be back, healthy, the way we started. Everybody healthy. We battled all season with injuries, guys getting hurt, guys in and out of the lineup.”
Lee has work to do
Courtney Lee watched most of the playoffs from the bench. He played 20 minutes in Game 1, 4 in Game 2, 11 in Game 3, none in the next two games, and 4 minutes in Game 6.
This was the same player who started 39 games for the Celtics this season, averaging 7.8 points while establishing himself as a strong perimeter defender.
Coach Doc Rivers made it clear Lee’s demotion to the bench was because he believed Jordan Crawford’s strength on the offensive end was needed more by the offensively inept Celtics at the time — that it wasn’t a reflection on Lee.
Still, the playoffs capped off a season that Lee didn’t expect after the Celtics acquired him in a sign-and-trade deal last offseason that gave him a fully guaranteed four-year contract.
“I expected it to go smooth, I expected to win and be playing late into June,” Lee said. “I’m going to get back to working in a week, and work on all those things I struggled with out there as far as when they needed me to be a ballhandler, get better at dribbling, shooting — get in the gym and get shots up and whatnot — and just continue to work on my all-around game.”