Terry: Ask Carlisle About Game Decisions
It’s not easy being coach Rick Carlisle right now during late-game situations.
He’s looking for anybody who can make clutch plays and in the past, that’s normally been Jason Terry, who has been as good as anybody in the NBA not named Kobe Bryant at scoring late in games.
Lately, that hasn’t happened with enough consistency and Terry would be the first to admit that. But he’s also the first to admit he wants to be on the court at crunch time, no matter what.
So when he played less than three minutes in the fourth quarter against the Suns Thursday night and was not on the court for the possible game-tying (or winning) shot, Terry was understandably ticked off.
“What do you think my thoughts are about not being on the court? Are you kidding me?” Terry said when asked about the move of Rick Carlisle. “You know how I feel if I’m not on the court when it’s time to win the game.
“I can’t check myself in and out of games. You got to ask the person that didn’t have me in the game. Ask him his thoughts. What I think don’t matter, really. I’m not trying to be a smart aleck. I’m just telling you the situation. I root my teammates on and wish we could have come out with the victory. It didn’t happen.”