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Jason Terry still bitter about the Heat: Loss was ‘self-inflicted’

03.19.13 at 8:45 am ET
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Jason Terry was the most vocal in the two days leading up to the showdown with the Miami Heat at TD Garden.

He spoke of his dislike bordering on hatred for the Miami Heat. A heartbreaking, gut-wrenching 105-103 loss to Miami Monday night at TD Garden did little to change that.

“We know what type of team we are. We’re dangerous. So, we’re encouraged. We’re definitely encouraged. We’re not going to keep our head down. This was a self-inflicted game here we lost. Give them credit. They’ve won however many games (23) in a row – hope they lose the rest.

“We’re disappointed, obviously. You have a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, you have to get the job done. So, we had a lot of mistakes that we made offensively and defensively that are correctable errors so we just have to get back in here and grind.”

Terry also had this observation about Jeff Green and his 43-point night.

“He came to play. When he comes to play like that, obviously we’re tough to beat,” Green began. “He just has to continue to be aggressive. We’ve said it all year long, when Jeff Green is aggressive, he’s just as good as everybody else out there on the floor. We look for him to continue to do so, take advantage of the match-ups out there because on any given night he’s the most athletic player on the floor.

“Three, four, five whatever position you want put him at, he’s definitely a tough cover when he’s playing like he was playing tonight.”

For Doc Rivers, Monday night was a preview of the playoffs and a good barometer to see how new players would handle it and how his team would do the same, overall. Terry said it’s been like that for a while.

“It’s been like that for us for about a month now,” Terry said. “We just have to continue to grind it out.

“It’s not about competing for us. It’s about winning. We’re already confident, we already know what we’re capable of doing. We just have to continue to build, continue to get better, use this as a learning lesson and move forward.

The lesson?

“Not only take care of the ball but defensively, you have [to protect] a 10-point lead,” Terry said. “Our game is predicated on our defense. We gave up three layups and they cut the lead in a minute and a half. That can’t happen.”

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